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Turangaarere: The John Pohe Story Television – 2008 Documentary War Māori

Turangaarere: The John Pohe Story

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Porokoru Patapu (John) Pohe was the first Māori pilot in the RNZAF. Nicknamed 'Lucky Johnny', he was a WWII hero who flew an amazing 22 missions, was involved in the legendary 'Great Escape' from Stalag Luft III, and insisted on removing his blindfold when he faced a German firing squad. This award-winning docu-drama tells Pohe's extraordinary life story. When the doco screened on Māori Television, Listener reviewer Diana Wichtel called it "a terrific yarn", and it won Best Documentary Aotearoa at the 2008 Wairoa Māori Film Festival Awards.

Key Cast & Crew

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Julian Arahanga

Director, Producer

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Maramena Roderick

Producer

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Francis Kora

Actor

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Awa International

Source

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Awa International

Availability

Available for purchase through Awa Films.

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho.