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The Killing of Kane

Television (Full Length) – 1971

Groundbreaking 1971 tele-drama The Killing of Kane tells a story of loyalty and corruption amidst the ‘New Zealand Wars’ of the 1860s. Incorporating documentary ‘interludes’, the story involves the predicament of a pair of Pākehā deserters involved in a attack by Māori resistance leader Titokowaru on a Taranaki redoubt. Stellar performances in the dramatic scenes saw Chris Thomson-directed Kane attract praise. It was the first time the controversial subject of colonial conflict had been portrayed on our TV screens. It was also the first local drama shot in colour.

Forty lashes on good Irish skin!
– Charles Kane

Key Cast & Crew

Napi Waaka

As: Chief Titokowaru

Mike Horton

Editor

Chris Thomson

Producer

Warren Dibble

Writer

Dorothy Matangi

As: Wahine

Sam Prime

As: Taketake

See all 19 credits

Produced by

NZ Broadcasting Corporation