For a young Maori girl it’s the first day at school, first day without the security of her parents. Raised with Maori culture as her basis she is about to enter a foreign environment with little or understanding of their culture nor they of hers. The anxiety of surviving or being accepted in this foreign world is so high that she suffers withdrawal. For someone so young she is aware of adult things such as poverty and stress. She understands her family’s lack of material wealth and the economic limitations they live within.
- Genre:Drama, Family
- Duration:11 min
- Sales Agent:NZ Film
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.