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The Power of Music (Te Kaha o Te Waiata)

Short Film (Full Length) – 1988

Auckland band Herbs could have released their new album in the comfortable confines of an Auckland nightclub. Instead, they travelled to Ruatoria — a troubled and divided East Coast town where turmoil surrounding a Rastafarian sect had resulted in assaults, kidnappings and firebombed churches. Lee Tamahori and John Day's documentary captures an emotional experience for band and locals as they meet at Mangahanea Marae, in an attempt to shift the focus from disunity to harmony. This footage also yielded the award-winning Sensitive to a Smile music video.

I experienced aroha, I experienced people living together. There was a timelessness about being down there. It could have been 1863.
– Hugh Lynn (Herbs’ manager)

Key Cast & Crew

Trisha Downie

Producer

Brian Kassler

Grip

Lee Tamahori

Co-Director

John Day

Camera, Co-Director

Patrick Monaghan

Editor

Hammond Peek

Sound

Produced by

Matte Box Films

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Once Were Warriors

Features 'making of' interviews with Lee Tamahori

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Feature film set on the East Coast

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TV drama directed by Lee Tamahori

Weekly Review No. 324 - Māori School

An earlier visit to Ruatōria

The Pā Boys

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Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets

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Another East Coast marae: Manutuke

Ka Haku Au - A Poet's Lament

Film on Māori composer Kohine Whakarua Ponika

Te Marae - A Journey of Discovery

The history and preservation of marae

Electric Dream

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