Poi E: The Story of Our Song

Poi E: The Story of Our Song

Poi E: The Story of Our Song

From director Tearepa Kahi (Mt. Zion), this documentary tells the story of iconic, chart-topping, Kiwi song Poi E by the Patea Māori Club. Conceived by Dalvanius Prime and brought to life by residents of Patea, hit hard by the economic tribulations of the Muldoon era, Poi E captured, and changed, New Zealand culture.

Says Kahi, "In those times, it was the English songs that were known, but this Māori song prevailed and made it to the top, because of the beauty and pride we have for our language... The world we live in today was in some sense paved by Dalvanius. The iwi Māori radio stations, Māori Television are all results of his hard work."

2016Rating: G92 minsNew Zealand
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Stuff

Stuff

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Will leave you tapping your toes, laughing at all the 80s fashions and culture, and smiling all the way home.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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You'll laugh, you'll possibly cry, yes you'll get that damn tune stuck in your head for days. But you may even learn some of its lyrics other than that chorus. It'll be worth it.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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They call it a feel-good movie, but it's more than that. People laughed, cried, cheered, and even sang along...

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Newshub

Newshub

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Disarming and charming, hilarious and moving... And above all, 100 percent Kiwi.

5.0
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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

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A wonderful celebration of creativity, resilience and, above all, identity.

5.0
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Metro Magazine

Metro Magazine

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I am not usually lost for words ... “ecstatic”, “lovely”, “important”, “thank god it isn’t the 1970s any more”.

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It is not until I saw this film that I realised the influence this song had on NZ music. Dalvanius was a special character who saw potential that others didn't, it was only through his drive and determination that the song was recorded and received the publicity that it did.

5.0
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Every Kiwi, no everyone will enjoy this doco come movie. Full of the humour and honesty we all expect, know, and love from our bromates. It will make you ever prouder to be a kiwi. Shame on you NZ that no funds were forthcoming to help the Patea Maori group to get to London to play before the Queen. Dal mortgaged his own home to achieve this. So, soo...

5.0
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Everyone knows the song POI E and now everyone should know how it was born! Its a very Heart warming, funny Kiwiana movie and MUST SEE!

5.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Will leave you tapping your toes, laughing at all the 80s fashions and culture, and smiling all the way home.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

You'll laugh, you'll possibly cry, yes you'll get that damn tune stuck in your head for days. But you may even learn some of its lyrics other than that chorus. It'll be worth it.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

They call it a feel-good movie, but it's more than that. People laughed, cried, cheered, and even sang along...

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Disarming and charming, hilarious and moving... And above all, 100 percent Kiwi.

5.0
0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

A wonderful celebration of creativity, resilience and, above all, identity.

5.0
0
Metro Magazine

Metro Magazine

press

I am not usually lost for words ... “ecstatic”, “lovely”, “important”, “thank god it isn’t the 1970s any more”.

0

It is not until I saw this film that I realised the influence this song had on NZ music. Dalvanius was a special character who saw potential that others didn't, it was only through his drive and determination that the song was recorded and received the publicity that it did.

5.0
0

Every Kiwi, no everyone will enjoy this doco come movie. Full of the humour and honesty we all expect, know, and love from our bromates. It will make you ever prouder to be a kiwi. Shame on you NZ that no funds were forthcoming to help the Patea Maori group to get to London to play before the Queen. Dal mortgaged his own home to achieve this. So, soo...

5.0
0

Everyone knows the song POI E and now everyone should know how it was born! Its a very Heart warming, funny Kiwiana movie and MUST SEE!

5.0
0