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The New Zealand Wars 5 - The East Coast Wars (Episode Five)

Television (Excerpts) – 1998

This excerpt from the final part of James Belich's award-winning history series focuses on Tūhoe prophet Rua Kēnana — the target of the last action of the New Zealand Wars in 1916, 73 years after hostilities began. He creates an independent community at Maungapōhatu in the Ureweras, complete with a remarkable meeting house. But any whiff of domestic dissent is intolerable for a Government fighting a war overseas. Armed constabulary are sent to apprehend Rua on trumped up charges, with fatal results for two of his followers.

For many years, New Zealanders had a sense that their country had no history. Real history, we were told, happened overseas. For some reason, we failed to confront our own past.
– James Belich

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David Tokios

Editor

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James Belich

Writer, Presenter

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Tainui Stephens

Director

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Colin McRae

Producer

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Billy Kristian

Composer

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Whirimako Black

Composer

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