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Staunch Television (Full Length) – 1999 Drama Māori

Staunch

Television (Full Length) – 1999 Drama Māori

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Staunch follows the politicisation of Ariana (Once Were Warriors’ Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell) a young Māori woman who’s run into trouble with the law. Guided by a sympathetic social worker (Tamati Patuwai) she defends herself against assault charges following a police raid on her home. The Auckland-set TV3 drama was inspired by fact, and co-written by director Keith Hunter and playwright Toa Fraser; it won multiple gongs at the 2002 NZ TV Awards. Staunch was an early screen credit for Fraser (director of feature films No. 2, Dean Spanley, and ballet doco Giselle). 

I just wanna do my PD and get it over with, so I don’t have to talk to prophets like you.
– Ariana (Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell) to her social worker (Tamati Patuwai)