Whina

Whina

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Rena Owen (Once Were Warriors), Miriama McDowell (Coming Home in the Dark) and Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne (Cousins) play cherished Māori activist Dame Whina Cooper throughout the years in this biopic directed by James Napier Robertson (The Dark Horse) and Paula Whetu Jones (Waru). More

The story of Dame Whina Cooper, the beloved Māori matriarch who worked tirelessly to improve the rights of her people, especially women. Flawed yet resilient, Whina tells the story of a woman formed by tradition, compelled by innovation, and guided by an instinct for equality and justice whose legacy as the Te Whaea o te Motu (Mother of the Nation) was an inspiration to an entire country.

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2022Rating: PG, Violence112 minsNew ZealandNew Zealand Film Commission
DramaTrue Story & Biography

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Whina | Reviews

Soaring, heartful telling of the life of Dame Whina Cooper, Te Whāea-o-te-Motu, is a triumph. A powerful portrait of the woman at its heart, it’s also a breathtaking picture of social history in Aotearoa.

Newshub

Newshub

While the narrative itself needed a little more shape, Dame Whina's story is an important four-star slice of history.

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TVNZ

TVNZ

Future star Tioreore Ngatai Melbourne... shines with her limited screen time.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Worth marching to the cinema for...

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Stuff

Stuff

Whina is a moving, heartbreaking and beautifully put-together film.

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Whina | Release Details

Whina is now playing in 109 cinemas in New Zealand.