Every culture has its stories and its heroes. In recent years Maori culture has also had its share of anti-heroes on the big screen and none more so than Jake the mus in Once Were Warriors. Whilst this film reflected the very real pressures on Maori families who have lost their cultural connections, the alcoholism, violence and child abuse it is not the experience of all families.

The portrayal of a strong Maori father in the media is a rarity. Hawaikii is based on a true story and for many Maori and non-Maori this portrayal of a proud father who cherishes his wife and children will resonate. 


Technical Info: 
Colour, 35 mm, 1:1.85, Dolby Digital
Production Year: 
Production Company: 
Chain of Title Films Ltd.
2006 - New Zealand Film Festival, ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival. 2007 - Berlin Film Festival, Tampere Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
Sales Agent: 
NZ Film

Key Crew

Director of Photography
Matt Meikle
Michael Jonathan
Art Director
Ben Whale