Te Rau Kupenga travels to Ukraine to fulfil a promise of visiting Vapnyarka, the eponym of his mother’s name and final resting place of his granduncle, Pouramua Nihoniho.
MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED
Merata Mita, pioneering Māori filmmaker and international champion of women in indigenous film, is celebrated by her youngest son, archivist Heperi Mita, collaborating with his siblings to deliver a richly personal portrait.
IN FOREIGN FIELDS
Celebrated playwright and author, Witi Ihimaera, travels to the lesser-known resting places of some of our fallen soldiers and ask an important question: should we bring our fallen home?
This documentary was screened on Anzac Day 2018.
Target Zero highlights the need for suicide prevention strategies in NZ, what gets people through and the solutions whanau and youth themselves are enacting in their schools and towns
GET YOUR ARSE OFF THE TABLE
Half-caster, Toi Iti, questions the validity of Māori tikanga by delving into the world of Māori supersitions, protocols and lore.
MAKING GOOD MEN
Two high profile men, a former All Black and Hollywood actor, reveal their unforgettable account of bullying with unprecedented honesty. Making Good Men is not a story of blame or humiliation. It is a path to redemption, to reconciliation and ultimately to restoration.
The story of a group of New Zealand freezing workers who will join the chain gang during the September killing season in Iceland.
ONCE WERE WARRIORS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW
This documentary brings the cast and key protagonists together to tell the real story of how the movie was made, its impact, and its legacy.
ROAD TO THE GLOBE
Ngākau Toa's journey to show the Māori language adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Troilus and Cressida' at the world-renowned Globe Theatre in London has been documented in 'Road to the Globe'.
Actor Rawiri Paratene was 16 years old when he joined Māori activist group Ngā Tamatoa (Young Warriors) in the early 1970s.
"Those years helped shape the rest of my life," says Paratene in this 2012 Māori TV documentary, directed by Kim Webby. The programme is richly woven with news archive from the 1970s, showing protests about land rights and the Treaty of Waitangi, and a campaign for te reo to be taught in schools.
Several ex Ngā Tamatoa members — including Hone Harawira, Tame Iti and Larry Parr— are interviewed by Paratene, who also presents the documentary.
Revealing the extraordinary cycle of the
longfin eel (tuna), its legendary history among Māori tribes, and the passion of iwi and individuals to help the threatened eel survive.
The Webster Family are role models in their community. They live by the standards and values handed down by their Tupuna (Ancestors).
This film is a glimpse into their inspiring lives sharing knowledge and love to everyone they teach.
A documentary film about Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who led an extensive life of Native political and social activism, and is now passing on her traditional cultural and leadership values to a new generation of emerging Indigenous leaders.
KA HAKU AU
(A POET'S LAMENT)
The one-hour documentary drama celebrates the life and songs of Kohine Whakarua Ponika. The largely unsung Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou composer — who couldn't read a note of music, created some of the most popular Māori waiata written, including 'Aku Mahi', 'Kua Rongorongo' and 'E Rona E'. Mostly in Te Reo, the show features Kohine's whānau in dramatic roles, performances and interviews. Kohine's children produced a CD of her waiata, available on iTunes, which in turn inspired the documentary.
This documentary explores the stories of the people who live at Waiorua Bay on bird sanctuary Kāpiti Island. John Barrett talks about his Kāpiti tipuna, from bloody iwi battles, whaling and farming, to his whānau's consciousness of their kaitiakitanga (guardianship) role.
It looks at DIY island life (exercycle-powered water pumps) and its development as an unique eco-tourism destination where kākā parrots and kererū flock, and kiwi and dodo-like takahē wander freely. Says Amo Barrett: "we've got a treasure here that we should share with others".