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The Green Chain Television – 2011 Documentary Māori

The Green Chain

Television – 2011 Documentary Māori

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This homegrown Erin Brockovich story follows former Whakatane sawmill worker Joe Harawira and his long battle to reveal the impact that workplace toxins have had on his community. In the 80s after being afflicted by health issues, Harawira noticed co-workers getting sick. In 1988 he helped found SWAP (Sawmill Workers Against Poisons) and began investigating the effects of exposure to dioxins, a by-product of timber treatment. The Joe vs the mills crusade screened on Māori Television and won Best Popular Documentary at the 2012 New Zealand Television Awards.

OSH wasn’t around in those days ... The safety precautions were pretty rugged really ... now that we know what we know now.
– Harawira