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Rangatira: Pita Sharples

Television (Full Length) – 1997

This edition of the Rangatira (‘chief’) series on Māori leaders, looks at academic and politician Dr Pita Sharples, a key figure of the Māori cultural renaissance. The future Māori Party co-leader visits his Takapau home, acknowledges his pivotal time at Te Aute College, talks candidly about the pressures his tireless schedule places on his whānau, demonstrates his cherished taiaha, and goes ten pin bowling. In extensive interviews he enthuses about realising the dream of kaupapa Māori (education, language, prison) cultures, and on the importance of kapa haka.

If you don’t dream, you’re not alive.
– Pita Sharples

Key Cast & Crew

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Chas Toogood

Director, Writer

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Colin McRae


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Liebchen Tamahori


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Pita Sharples


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Tony Parkinson


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Bill Toepfer


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