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The Truth about Māori

Television (Full Length) – 2000

Māori of different ages and backgrounds talk frankly about their culture and how they feel they are perceived in this Inside New Zealand doco. Contributors include Pio Terei, Brian Tamaki, Carol Hirschfeld, Leilani Joyce and Tau Henare (who is unapologetic about his Dirty Dogs). By turns passionate, pointed and humorous, they discuss issues ranging from sex and food to teen pregnancy and prejudice. We also learn that rotten corn is not universally loved, staunchness is at best a dubious asset and not all Māori are blessed with singing ability.

The Truth About Maori

You’ve got to be careful when you go to international conferences where there are lots of Māori people because I think you can actually damage your eye brows.
– Ella Henry on the dangers of the "Māori wave"

Produced by

Wai Ata Productions


Made with funding from NZ On Air


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