Part one of three from this full length drama.
Part two of three from this full length drama.
Part three of three from this full length drama.
This teledrama explores the tensions surrounding an elderly woman's tangi, as whānau members gather in a suburban house. Alienation of urban Māori — particularly son Paul (Jim Moriarty) — from iwi roots, and differing notions of how to honour the dead, are at the heart of the conflict between the mourners. A pioneering exploration of Māori themes, the Rowley Habib teleplay was one of three one-off dramas the playwright wrote (alongside 1978's The Death of the Land, and 1982's The Protesters) encouraged by director Tony Isaac. It screened in April 1980.
I don’t believe in all that old stuff anymore ... Look Karen: how many times have we been over it — we don’t live in a Māori world anymore!– Paul Turner (Jim Moriarty) on why he doesn’t want a tangi for his Mother