To Love A Maori

To Love A Māori

Director Rudall & Ramai Hayward

Screenplay Rudall Hayward, Ramai Hayward, Diane Francis

Sound Alton Francis

With Val Irwin (Tama), Marie Searell (Penny), Rau Hoetere (Riki)

Cinematography Alton Francis

To Love A Maori tells the story of Tama and Riki, two young men who leave their rural marae for Auckland and the racial discrimination they face once they arrive in the city. Intended as a dramatic documentary highlighting the problems and successes of Māori urban migration, the film portrays many of the social problems of the times. The film centres on the love story between Tama and Penny, a Pākehā student dancer whose parents strongly object to their association, and their struggle against the intolerance they encounter.

Screening in partnership with the exhibition Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide currently on at City Gallery, Wellington. Introduced by Val Irwin, the male lead.