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For love or money?


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THIS WEEK ON MARAE - 6 June 2010

FOR LOVE OR MONEY?
Adopted as whangai at birth, killed in a car crash at 42, Mark Taiwhati was buried on his whangai family's land at Jerusalem in Whanganui.

That should have been the end of his story. Instead his tale took an unusual twist. First, his whangai family learned they have no rights to his estate worth almost a quarter of a million dollars. Second, a man raised his hand to claim fatherhood of Mark.

But is it for love, or money? Anahera Vercoe reports.

CELEBRATING MERATA
She discovered the possibilities of moving pictures and what they could do to inspire storytelling within post-colonial and post-modern Mäori and indigenous worlds.

Now, decades after "Patu", "Bastion Point: Day 507" and "Mauri", what taonga does filmmaker Merata Mita, who passed away this week on the steps of Mäori Television, leave for future Mäori and indigenous visual storytellers?

Joining Shane in our Auckland studios is filmmaker and broadcaster Hineani Melbourne, and from Rotorua Te Arepa Kahi, chairman of Ngä Aho Whakaari and Bird Runningwater, head of the Sundance Institutes Native American and Indigenous
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