On 13 October 1975, a historic land march reached the grounds of Parliament in Wellington and its elderly, articulate leader became Te Whaea o te Motu (Mother of the Nation). Whina tells Dame Whina Cooper's life story, from her achievements as a Tai Tokerau leader to the famous hikoi that made Māori land rights a key national issue. In this trailer, the teenage Whina (Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne) experiences the injustice of land confiscations. Adult Whina (Miriama McDowell, from Coming Home in the Dark) takes up the mantle for Māori women, and elderly Whina (Rena Owen) delivers a powerful kōrero (speech).
No one hears us, Whaea. But when you speak, people listen. You could make our voices heard.– Whina's Tai Tokerau whānau urge her to 'speak up' for the rights of Māori
Press release for this film, NZ Film Commission website, February 2022
Profile of Dame Whina Cooper by Michael King, Te Ara website
Photos and further links about Dame Whina Cooper, Digital NZ website
Article on the 1975 Māori Land March, The Northern Advocate, September 2015