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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 TV — 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 New Zealand Film - An Illustrated History

Key Cast & Crew

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Geoff Murphy

Director

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Stan Wemyss

Producer

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Bob Lapresle

Writer

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Paul Mareikura

As: Elder , Māori Advisor, Chants

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Rocky Mautere

As: Elder

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Faenza Reuben

As: Uenuku

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Produced by

  • Acme Sausage Company

  • Peach Wemyss Astor