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Waka Huia - First Episode

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1987

A 'waka huia' is traditionally a treasure box to hold the revered huia feather. Waka Huia the TV series records and preserves Māori culture and customs. The long-running series also covers social and political concerns of the day, taking a snapshot of Māori history. Waka Huia is seen as a taonga for future generations and is presented completely in te reo Māori. This first episode is about the language and its survival, and features groundbreaking TV interviews with Sir James Henare and Dame Mira Szaszy.

Key Cast & Crew

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Whai Ngata

Programme Editor

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Ernie Leonard

Field Director

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Tainui Stephens

Studio Director

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Roger Jeakings


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David Jowsey

Production Team

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Ngawini Shortland

Production Team

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