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The Life and Times of Te Tutu

Television, 2000–2001

This comedy chronicled daily life for an 1800s Māori chief (Pio Terei) and his interactions with other Māori and newly-arrived Pākehā settlers. Nothing was sacred as a subject for satire, from disease to English gold lust. Created by Ray Lillis (Pio!), the series features Rachel House (Cousins), Jason Hoyte (Late Night Big Breakfast), William Davis (Belief) and Jonny Brugh (What We Do in the Shadows). Guests included Dalvanius and Charles Mesure. It was produced by Terei’s Pipi Productions for TVNZ over two seasons (Terei shifted from TV3 after his series Pio! in 1999).