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Radicals

Television (Full Length) – 1997

This 1997 Inside New Zealand documentary looks at the evolution of modern Māori political activism, from young 70s rebels Ngā Tamatoa, to Te Kawariki's protest at Waitangi Day in 1995. Directed by Paora Maxwell, it is framed around interviews with key figures (Syd Jackson, Hone Harawira, Ken Mair, Mike Smith, Annette Sykes, Eva Rickard, Joe Hawke). The interviewees explore events, and the kaupapa behind their activism, from thoughts on sovereignty, and the Treaty of Waitangi, through to symbolism (tree felling, land marches) and being kaitiaki of the environment. 

Sometimes you’ve got to jump out the window and create a new limit of what’s acceptable.
– Mike Smith on the value of activism

Key Cast & Crew

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Paora Maxwell

Director

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Ray Waru

Producer

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Carol Archie

Writer

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Dean Whitehead

Camera

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Mike Rathbone

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Sharon Hawke

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Te Reo Television