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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

Jim Moriarty

Voice actor

Witi Ihimaera

Subject

Peter Coates

Director, Producer

John Carpenter

Sound Recordist

Nathan Gray

Voice actor

Thelma Grabmaier

Voice actor

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