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Taua - War Party

Short Film (Full Length) – 2007

Parental Guidance

A party of returning raiders hauls a massive waka taua (war canoe) through dense Waitakere bush, driven by their brutally insistent chief towards safety. Two water-boys are crouched in the bow. One of them risks a bold act of compassion — towards the trophy prisoner tied to the stern. The impressively-produced portage has echoes of Werner Herzog movie Fitzcarraldo, but the story is palpably Māori. Directed by Tearepa Kahi, Taua won Best Short at National Geographic’s 2007 All Roads festival, and was selected for the Berlin, Rotterdam and Clermont-Ferrand festivals.

Mate atu he tete kura, ara mai ano he tetekura
– “The king is dead, long live the king” — the Māori proverb the story was inspired by.

Key Cast & Crew

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Graham Hohapata

As: Tama-nui

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Tearepa Kahi

Director, Writer, Editor

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Quinton Hita


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Antonio Te Maioha

As: Makai

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Vaughan Ahchee To Tore

As: Tama-iti

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Reweti Te Mete

As: Rangatira

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