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NZ Wars - Stories of Waitara

Web (Full Length) – 2019

This second online documentary about the New Zealand Wars sees presenter Mihingarangi Forbes visiting old Taranaki battlefields. Forbes travels to Waitara and its surrounds, where British colonial forces attacked Māori in the late 1800s because they refused to sell their land. Animation is used to bring modern-day ruins of pā back to life — such as Pukerangiora and Puketakauere. Historians and Te Āti Awa members talk about the tactical prowess of Māori, who used decoy pā to trick the British, and the lingering sadness Māori still feel about losing their land. The show won Best Māori Programme at the 2020 NZ TV Awards.

Settlers wanted it as much as Māori were determined to keep it.
– Presenter Mihingarangi Forbes, on British settlers desiring land in Waitara

Key Cast & Crew

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Annabelle Lee-Mather

Executive Producer

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Mahanga Pihama

Co-Director, Producer

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Cameron Bennett

Co-Director, Writer

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Rewa Harre


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Arthur Rasmussen

Cinematographer, Camera Operator

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Mihingarangi Forbes

Writer, Creator, Co-Director, Producer, Presenter

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