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Tale of the Fish

Television (Full Length) – 1999

Haunui Royal directs this 1999 documentary on the people who live in the Far North, and their guardianship (kaitiakitanga) connection with the land and sea. Royal looks at how this traditional ownership is under pressure: from urban sprawl, pollution, and changing land use. Kaitiaki include farmer Laly Haddon, fisherman Rick, paralegal Ani Taniwha (whose work with ōi (shearwater) helped deepen her connection to the land); Ngāti Kuri members looking after Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga), and a group of rangatahi from Auckland.

Their priority is filling the boat, not the fridge.
– Fisherman Rick, on the difference between commercial and customary fishing

Key Cast & Crew

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Haunui Royal

Narrator, Director

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Bill Toepfer


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Swami Hansa

Camera, Lighting

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Jo Webster


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Catherine White

Associate Producer

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Toni Wililams

Production Manager

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Produced by

Hawk & Dove Films