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The Waimate Conspiracy

Film (Full Length) – 2006


Christchurch policeman Stefen Harris launched his film career with this feature-length adaptation of his own book The Waikikamukau Conspiracy, about a small town Māori land claim. When drama funding couldn’t be secured, it was shot as a low budget mockumentary in just six days in South Canterbury. Jim Moriarty manages to be endearing in his determination to regain his people’s land at any cost, while David McPhail and Mark Hadlow enthusiastically lampoon the judicial system. The film won Best Digital Feature at the 2007 Air New Zealand Screen Awards.

This is an inspiring work. It's as if the camera left the film-set for a bit and came out right amongst us. That's exactly what we were seeking to achieve with Ngati.
– Barry Barclay

Key Cast & Crew

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Stefen Harris

Director, Writer, Producer

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Powley Pearse-Otene

As: Marama Kepa

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Bill Kora

As: Joe Wihapi

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Anne Te Maiharoa-Dodds

As: Auntie Minnie

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Moki Reihana

As: Willie Thomson

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Dinie Bevers

As: Lotte Thomson

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Produced by

Dark Horse Films


Funding From NZ Film Commission