Part one of two from this full length television drama.
Part two of two from this full length television drama.
The credits for this television drama.
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)