This documentary presents insight into the man most New Zealanders know as the Māori radical with a moko. Delving beyond the sensational headlines, Tame Iti is presented in the context of his whānau and beliefs. Iti tells his own story: from growing up in his beloved Urewera, and his role in Ngā Tamatoa, to heroes (Kenana, Guevara), moko, match-making and a late-starting art career. Iti’s children reflect candidly on an activist father who “is a kid at heart”. The doco screened on TV2, prior to Iti’s arrest during the infamous 2007 ‘Urewera raids’.
… I think that the majority of the people in this country, particularly Pākēha and Māori too, well they view me from split second images, six o’clock news TV1, TV3, it’s all crap. They got it wrong, I’m a nice guy, yeah true, I’m a pussycat…– Tame Iti
Made with funding from NZ On Air