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Pioneer Women - Hera Ngoungou Television (Full Length) – 1983 Drama

Pioneer Women - Hera Ngoungou

Television (Full Length) – 1983 Drama

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This episode in the Pioneer Women series dramatised the story of Hera Ngoungou. In 1874 in Taranaki, Māori kidnapped an eight-year-old Pākehā girl — Caroline “Queenie” Perrett — possibly in retribution for her father breaking a tapu. Her family didn’t see her again until she was 60, when she was a grandmother and had spent more than 50 years living with, and identifying as, Māori. A moving (Feltex award-winning) performance from Ginette McDonald (aka Lyn of Tawa) mixes stoicism with an acknowledgement of good times and a sense of loss for what might have been.

I’ve known a lot of hardship but I’ve known a lot of love as well.
– Hera Ngoungou (Ginette McDonald)

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