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Te Rua

Film (Excerpts) – 1991

Parental Guidance

Variously praised as a major step forward in indigenous cinema, attacked for overambition, and little screened, Te Rua marked Barry Barclay’s impassioned follow-up to his acclaimed debut feature Ngāti. This story of stolen Māori carvings in a Berlin museum sees Barclay plunging into issues of control of indigenous culture which he would return to in book Mana Tuturu. A feisty activist (Peter Kaa) and an older lawyer (screen taonga Wi Kuki Kaa) favour different approaches to getting the carvings back home. Barclay and his longtime producer John O’Shea had their own differences over Te Rua’s final cut.

Te Rua is first and foremost an angry film, and one that is as concerned with ideas of responsibility as it is with issues of justice.
– Stuart Murray, in 2007 book New Zealand Filmmakers

Produced by

Pacific Films


'Turuturu Mai Ra' Haka performed by Pipiwharauroa

Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata


Music composed by Dalvanius
Soundtrack includes music from the musical Poi E
Additional music by Jay Dee and Stuart Pearce (who also produced)

Closing track 'I’ll Be There for You' composed and performed by Dalvanius
'Chudka Poppy' composed and performed by Dalvanius, from a poem by Apirana Taylor