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The Killing of Kane

Television (Full Length) – 1971

This 1971 teleplay marks the first time the controversial topic of colonial conflict was portrayed on Kiwi TV screens. Taranaki writer Warren Dibble called on many sources including Māori oral histories to dramatise what followed after two Pākehā deserters (played by Peter Vere-Jones and Alan Jervis) joined Māori resistance leader Tītokowaru during the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s. Real life Reverend Napi Waaka (Ngāti Pikiao) plays Tītokowaru. The acting won praise. Shot on location in the Taranaki, The Killing of Kane was the first Kiwi TV drama filmed in colour (although it originally screened in black and white).

Forty lashes on good Irish skin!
– Charles Kane (Alan Jervis) reveals the wounds on his back

Key Cast & Crew

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Napi Waaka

As: Chief Tītokowaru

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Chris Thomson

Director, Director

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Alan Jervis

As: Charles Kane

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Peter Vere-Jones

As: Kimble Bent

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Warren Dibble


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Peter Corrigan

As: Private Shields

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Produced by

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NZ Broadcasting Corporation