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Tangata Whenua One: Tūhoe Ringatū & A Place to Stand

Tangata W

Director Barry Barclay

Producer John O'Shea

Screenplay Michael King

Contributors Michael King, John Rangihau

Tūhoe Ringatū:
In this episode the Ngāi Tūhoe people of the Urewera country have maintained the Ringatū religion founded in the 19th century by Te Kooti Rikirangi. At Mātaatua meeting house, Ruatāhuna, they observe Tekaumārua, Te Kooti's 24-hour day of prayer on the 12th of every month. The hākari on the morning of the 12th has been a part of Ringatū since the early days. Tribal leader, John Rangihau, takes a group to visit the deserted marae at Maungapōhatu from where the prophet Rua Kēnana was taken prisoner. Elder Horo Tatu visits the marae Tānenui-a-Rangi where he was brought as a child by his parents to live with Rua.

A Place to Stand:
Prior to the establishment of an urban marae in Porirua, Māori people recollect the past reality of life in the rural communities of Tokomaru Bay and Waimā Valley. The concept of marae as traditionally understood is discussed by young Māori from groups like Ngā Tama Toa in terms of the new and emergent urban present. As diverse Pākehā and Pacific Island community networks attempt to form links with the marae, real questions are raised about the nature of identity and the possibility of a "multicultural" future. The importance of having a sense of belonging and forming a sense of identity is explored as the documentary moves down to Porirua to follow the establishment of a new marae.

This screening is to support the Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision Matariki: Tau Hou 2017 programme