In 1994, Teina Pora was found guilty of the rape and murder of Susan Burdett. Pora spent 22 years behind bars despite concerns over the reliability of his confession, and evidence indicating that another had acted alone. In this award-winning documentary, Michael Bennett (Matariki) examines the case, and private investigator Tim McKinnel argues for Pora's innocence. Included are parts of Pora's original police interview, and a visit where he appears unable to identify Burdett's house. In 2015 the Privy Council quashed Pora's conviction. He was paid millions in compensation, but argued that "freedom is priceless".
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If you've committed a fairly heinous crime, you shouldn't have any difficulty identifying the house where you've done that.– Private investigator Tim McKinnel
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Music composed and performed by Tihema Bennett
Press release for this documentary, Māori Television, April 2013
2020 video interview with Teina Pora, on Whakaata Māori show Te Ao with Moana
January 2014 article on Teina Pora's appeal to the Privy Council, The NZ Herald
March 2015 article on the Privy Council quashing Teina Pora's convictions, The NZ Herald
March 2015 interview with Teina Pora campaigner Tim McKinnel, The NZ Herald