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Rangatira: Pita Sharples

Television (Full Length) – 1997

If you don’t dream, you’re not alive.
– Pita Sharples
It stands for discipline and hard work, and it encompasses our deepest customs; it is our identity. It’s the glamour weapon, if you like, of Māori weapons. What is important is that the customs associated with the weapon, which were the way of life for my people, are preserved and available, to empower New Zealanders.
– Sharples on the taiaha
The greatest thing that could ever happen to me in my life was to come here.
– Sharples on Te Aute College
By creating success in our own initiatives we’re going to lift ourselves up
– Pita Sharples