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Tātarakihi - The Children of Parihaka

Film (Trailer) – 2012

In 1881, after being met by the pa's children holding white feathers of peace, invading constabulary ended Te Whiti and Tohu's passive resistance at Parihaka in Taranaki. One of the darkest episodes of the NZ Wars, it is revisited in this documentary made by Paora Joseph, which follows another group of Taranaki children undertaking an emotional, modern day pilgrimage to the South Island jails where their ancestors were exiled and forced to labour. Footage of their hikoi is interwoven with their poetry, song, art and narration.

While it recounts days of darkness, Tatarakihi – the Children of Parihaka carries a sense of restoration and hope, and I hope it enables continued dialogue for understanding and mutual respect of both Maori and Pakeha in the New Zealand we know today.
– Producer/director Paora Joseph

Key Cast & Crew

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Janine Martin

Producer, Co-Director

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Phill Simmonds

Animation

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Paora Joseph

Camera, Director, Producer, Writer

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Tracey Egerton

Editor

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Duane Phillips

Camera

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Cameron Bollond

Sound

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Paora Joseph Productions