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The Governor 5 - The Lame Seagull (Episode Five)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1977

The Governor was a six-part TV epic that examined the life of Governor George Grey (Corin Redgrave). This episode arguably best lived up to the blockbuster scale and revisionist ambitions of the series. It depicts key battles of the 1863-64 Waikato Campaign — including Rewi’s last stand at Ōrākau, and the battle of Gate Pā in Tauranga. General Duncan Cameron (Martyn Sanderson) feels growing unease following Grey’s orders to evict Māori villagers, as he learns respect for his foe, and that Grey’s motives are driven not just by the urge to impose order on ‘the natives’ but by hunger for land.

Friend, I shall fight you...forever and ever.
– Chief Rewi Maniapoto (Wi Kuki Kaa) makes a legendary statement of defiance, at Ōrākau


Produced by Television One in association with the National Film Unit

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