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Turangawaewae / A Place to Stand Short Film (Full Length) – 2003 Drama War Māori

Turangawaewae / A Place to Stand

Short Film (Full Length) – 2003 Drama War Māori

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I shed a tear watching this. It is such a powerful story.


Nikki 7 Sep 2018 - 03.42pm

Beautiful short film, I am completing questions to do with this film for English Level 2 Te Ara Poutama. This really moved me, and made me want to learn more about turanagawaewae being Māori myself! Loved this film, 100/100.

Te Amoroa

Te Amoroa 21 Apr 2015 - 10.44am

Kia ora Ngaroimata, I've added Greg to the credits

Paul Ward

Paul Ward (NZ On Screen team) 21 Mar 2014 - 03.22pm

I went to University with the actor who plays the young soldier in Vietnam and his name is Greg. His name is not amongst the Credits. He has done credit to his poignant character and I wish his name was here to be recognised.


Ngaroimata 21 Mar 2014 - 01.31pm

I have just watched this short movie and was taken back in time to the Vietnam War.
Yes I am a Vietnam Veteran, I have a website that I keep for our company. I must say that I was very touched with your short film, so much so that I placed a copy on The Red Diamonds Club (Facebook) which is one of the NZ Veterans' sites. I have had very good feedback by email and on Facebook for this film. Thank you so much.

RP Nuku

Reihana Nuku

Reihana Nuku 19 Sep 2013 - 11.43am

Powerful and poignant, what a beautiful short film! It made me cry. I am about to embark on teaching my students about Turangawaewae and feel this is an absolute treasure. I am just wondering if anyone else has done this and if anyone has developed any teaching material\ideas\resources around this short film. My students are Year 8 and diverse and I personally feel the theme here applies to all. I absolutely understand Turangawaewae, even though I come from a Pakeha perspective. I am connected, grounded and empowered by particular places. Great Barrier Island being one of these. This places I call home. This film resonated with me on so many levels. Absolutely thought provoking!


Kerrin 7 Aug 2013 - 07.45pm

Ataahua! Ka nui aku mihi ki a koutou mo tenei taonga.
Ae - I cried seeing it again after a year when I first saw it. First time I've seen Matua Wikuki since his earlier days.
Thank you Wiremu and all involved with this production.


Wendy 5 May 2013 - 02.38pm

i love this movie makes me want to cry


marvelosu 16 Aug 2012 - 02.21pm

this is such a touching short school we have to do this question sheet about are family ancestors and stuff and what it really means to us.this short film really gives me inspiration : )


chloe 2 Mar 2012 - 07.28pm

Powerful, potent, poignant, sad, insightful, beautiful, horrific, honest. I found the most heart wrenching moment was when he entered the gate onto the Marae - what that symbolised! Nga mihi kia koutou katoa - all those involved in the creation of this film. Thank you.


Jenny 1 Jan 2012 - 01.49pm

My father served in vietnam and I also seen some of the behaviours in dad that were portrayed through Wi Kuki Kaa. For what we thought then were erratic behaviour, I now realise just what those soldiers went through. loved the short film, thanks for making it and sharing it.


Emma 19 Dec 2011 - 04.31pm

Kia Ora, as a contemporary Maori artist, film artist and teacher, i found this film intriguingly moving, powerful, and a reminder to all Maori that we have our place of standing. this film is highly ideal for the students i teach contemporary maori art and film and media production at my local secondary school. this film will be one of the main peices my students will be developing their own ideas from, when creating works of art about turangawaewae and what that means to them personally and culturally etc. would love to get a copy of this film and other maori films on this site for student learning. Kia Ora

Tania Lewis-Rickard

Tania Lewis-Rickard 8 Dec 2010 - 12.17pm

kia ora and talofa, I found this short film very moving. It made me reflect on the hardships of war and the impact it had on those who fought in it. We watched this in our Art History class as well and most were in tears and there was just complete silence at the end. Very powerful and intense, laden with fundamental ideas of 'identity', loss of it and more importantly how to find it...the place of your ancestors. Thankyou for the reminder.

Hatesa S

Hatesa S 14 Jun 2010 - 07.04pm

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