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Tupaia’s Endeavour

Tuapaia's Endeavour

Director Lala Rolls

With Kirk Torrance, Michel Tuffery, Paora Tapsell & the people of Te Tai Rāwhiti

Tupaia, the Tahitian high priest, who joined Lt. James Cook on his first Pacific voyage, was instrumental to the survival of Cook and the whole Endeavour crew. Without Tupaia, some wonder if Captain Cook would have survived his first Pacific Voyage. Three Polynesian men, actor Kirk Torrance, artist Michel Tuffery and anthropologist, Paora Tapsell break the fourth wall, turn the history books upside down and take us on a journey to bring their ancestor into the light. In doing so, they reveal our New Zealand – a nation seeded from Ra’iatea, Tahiti and forged under a British flag.

This is a special fundraiser screening of the “preview cut” of Tuapaia’s Endeavour in support of the production team, as they raise funds for the creation of a new, theatrical release print.

We kick the evening off at 6pm with a Q&A session with director Lala Rolls and artist, Michel Tuffery.

What people are saying about this film:

“Every New Zealander should see this documentary about the Polynesian navigator.” — Mark Peters, Gisborne Herald 

“The film is extraordinary. I love the way that Māori and Tahitian voices give their own, unmediated accounts of what happened when the Endeavour arrived in Tahiti and New Zealand. They confront the violence and cross-purposes involved in those meetings with grace and humour, as well as anger and sorrow. So important for the country and internationally as well.” — Dame Anne Salmond

“How good it is to see a film like this! The scene of first contact between the Maori and Cook’s crew, re-enacted for the film, is simply poignant. And the haka of the warriors that follows creates goose bumps. The images are beautiful, sometimes even poetic. A must see!” — La Depeche de Tahiti