Mana Waka

Mana Waka

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Merata Mita's 1990 documentary, itself compiled from footage filmed in 1937, about the building of seven waka taua for the 1940 centennial commemorations at Waitangi. More

"In the late 1930s Waikato leader Te Puea Hērangi held a dream to build seven waka taua for the 1940 centennial commemorations at Waitangi. By 1937 two waka had been commissioned and cameraman RGH Manley engaged to record their building for posterity. The original footage was not printed and remained untouched for almost 50 years, until 1983 when Ngā Kaitiaki Ō Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua The New Zealand Film Archive received permission from Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikāhu to begin work on the nitrate negatives. Repair and preservation took more than 350 hours and several years and in August 1989 work began to construct a new film. Merata Mita was appointed director and, with editor Annie Collins and Archive director Jonathan Dennis, moved to Turangawaewae Marae to edit it. Mita was informed by kaumatua who had witnessed the events and could provide clarity to and guidance in shaping the film. The result is this wondrous feature documentary which premiered at the Commonwealth Games Arts Festival at the Civic Theatre in 1990." (Source: NZ International Film Festival 2011)

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199085 minsNew ZealandMāori and English
Documentary
Director:
Merata Mita ('Patu!', 'Mauri')
Writer:
Merata Mita

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