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Witi Ihimaera: Roimata Toroa

Television (Full Length) – 1987

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
Greenstone also has within its depths what we call the ‘roimata toroa’: which is the tears of the albatross. And in those times in the 1970s … 1960s, I could see a whole life disappearing, and to me that seemed to be within these tears of the albatross, right within the greenstone…
– Witi Ihimaera on finding inspiration in his childhood