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The Family

Television (Full Length) – 1999

An urban Maori trust, Te Whanau o Waipareira has developed from modest beginnings as a vegetable selling co-op into the biggest employment and training organisation in West Auckland. This documentary by Toby Mills and Aileen O'Sullivan examines its operations through the eyes of four people who have had their lives turned around by its all encompassing social, health, justice and education programmes. Interviewees include Pita Sharples and trust CEO John Tamihere (who recounts early struggles to be accepted by government, council and business sectors).

Maori don’t genetically malfunction. Just because you’re born native doesn’t mean you’re a failure.
– John Tamihere

Produced by

  • Tawera Productions

  • Seannachie Productions