My Kainga, My Castle
When he went to school, entertainer Sir Howard Morrison loved the stories of English castles and knights. In this documentary, My Kainga, My Castle, he introduces some of his favourite tales of chivalry, love and war but from much closer to home.
They are the treasured legends of his tribe, Te Arawa -
including the famous Hinemoa love story. The people of Te Arawa
assisted in making this documentary, giving the documentary makers
access to the famous Tamatekapua meeting house on the shores of
Lake Rotorua, and taking part in the re-enactment of a legendary
battle scene. Tamatekapua is named after one of Arawa's great
ancestors, the captain of the canoe which brought the iwi from
Hawiiki to Aotearoa. The word kainga means home.
Producer John Harris: "This has been one of the most demanding and rewarding documentaries we have ever made. It's not a traditional documentary, which is built around interviews and observational footage. A lot of time was spent in re-enacting historical scenes including a fight between two war parties, and the famous love story of Hinemoa and Tutanekai."