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Tau Te Mauri - Breath of Peace

Film (Full Length) – 2005

This feature-length documentary by Kathleen Gallagher explores seven decades of peace action and anti-nuclear protest in Aotearoa. The eight Kiwis interviewed include Rainbow Warrior crew member Bunny McDiarmid, Pauline Tangiora from the Indigenous Initiative for Peace and priest George Armstrong, who met the might of nuclear submarine visits in the 1970s and 80s with flotillas of "fizz boats" and kayaks. Interspersed are images of tohora (whales), dolphins and birds. The soundtrack mixes contemporary waiata by Aroha Yates-Smith with taonga pūoro (Māori instruments) performed by Richard Nunns.

There was a sense of horror, of evil, of despair...
– WWll conscientious objector Jack Rogers recalls hearing about the atomic bomb dropping on Hiroshima

Key Cast & Crew

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Richard Nunns


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Gaylene Barnes


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John Chrisstoffels


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Ian McDonald

Composer, Musical Director

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Aroha Yates-Smith


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Kathleen Gallagher

Director, Writer, Producer

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Produced by

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WickCandle Film


Waiata performed by Aroha Yates-Smith, lyrics by Aroha Yates-Smith, Kathleen Gallagher and Ian McDonald

Taonga pūoro performed by Richard Nunns