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Uenuku

Television (Full Length) – 1974

Geoff Murphy (Utu) directed this freewheeling adaptation of the Māori legend of Uenuku and his affair with mist maiden Hinepūkohurangi. The story of love, betrayal, and redemption was the first Māori myth adapted for television — and the first TV drama performed entirely in te reo. The Listener softened viewers by printing a translation before it aired. Filmed at the Waimarama base of Murphy and cinematographer Alun Bollinger, Uenuku was produced by company Peach Wemyss Astor for the NZ Broadcasting Corporation — a rare independently produced TV drama in the 1970s. 

A Maori language film ahead of its time.
– Roger Horrocks in book New Zealand Film - An Illustrated History

Key Cast & Crew

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Bob Lapresle

Writer

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Faenza Reuben

As: Uenuku

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Bill Kerekere

Narrator

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Alun Bollinger

Cinematographer

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Aroha Gallo

As: Hinepūkohurangi

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Geoff Murphy

Director

See all 21 credits

Produced by

  • Acme Sausage Company

  • Peach Wemyss Astor

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