We use cookies to help us understand how you use our site, and make your experience better. To find out more read our privacy policy.




Full screen
Video quality

Low 0 MB

High 0 MB


Hero image for Witi Ihimaera: Roimata Toroa

Witi Ihimaera: Roimata Toroa

Television (Full Length) – 1987

This documentary accompanies author Witi Ihimaera on a journey with his "townie" daughters to his marae in Waituhi on the East Coast, ahead of the publication of third novel The Matriarch. Ihimaera describes his writing as a type of "tangi to a people and to a life" he experienced growing up around Waituhi in the 1950s — a way of life symbolised by the tears of the toroa (albatross) said to be held deep in greenstone. Jim Moriarty is among those reading from Ihimaera's works. The film is directed by Peter Coates, from Inspiration, his series on New Zealand artists.

I’ve been urbanised so much that coming back is always like a healing, a renewal. It's both a sad and happy occasion.
– Witi Ihimaera on returning to the East Coast of his childhood

Key Cast & Crew

Profile image for Witi Ihimaera

Witi Ihimaera


Profile image for Jim Moriarty

Jim Moriarty

Voice actor

Profile image for Peter Coates

Peter Coates

Director, Producer

Generic Profile image for John Carpenter

John Carpenter

Sound Recordist

Generic Profile image for Nathan Gray

Nathan Gray

Voice actor

Generic Profile image for Thelma Grabmaier

Thelma Grabmaier

Voice actor

See all 14 credits