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Film Festival 09 - Tangata Whenua 1

Tangata Whenua 1

New Zealand 1974, 82m
Director: Barry Barclay

The Spirits and the Times Will Teach. The first programme in the Tangata Whenua series focuses on the life and reminiscences of two kuia. Ngakahikatea Wirihana recalls her early life at the time of King Mahuta.  Herepo Rongo is the last woman with moko kauae in the Poihäkena community. She revisits places of her youth and discusses her present life, looking after her mokopuna. She describes how her community at Raglan lost its land to the Government during the war and how the local authorities turned it into a golf course. Waikato.  The name of the Turangawaewae marae was taken from a 19th-century prophecy by King Tawhiao, that in his grandson's time, Ngaruawahia would become the Turangawaewae (standing place), of the Kingitanga. His granddaughter Te Puea dedicated her life to fulfil his prophecy and Waikato explores the relationship with and the support of the Waikato people for the King movement. The visual and emotional climax of this episode is the poukai or annual loyalty hui held at Turangawaewae marae on the bank of the Waikato River.

In Maori and English, with English translation