Eddie is a 10 year old boy with a skateboard and a dream to speed down one of the steepest hills in town; much to his father’s displeasure. Duane is a teenager who lives next door to Eddie. He didn’t just dream of speeding down the steepest hill - he did it; and ended up in a wheelchair because of it. When Eddie and Duane meet at the base of the hill they realise they both want the samethings - but for different reasons.
Ko Whangatauatia te pae maunga
Ko Karirikura te moana
Ko Ahipara Kāmehameha te marae
Ko Te Ōhāki tōku tūrangawaewae
He uri ahau nō Te Rarawa iwi
Me ōnā peka o Ngāti Moetonga
In 1980 after an undistinguished spell at university, Tainui Stephens served as an investigating officer for the then Race Relations Conciliator, Hiwi Tauroa. In 1984 Tainui started work in television as a reporter/researcher for the weekly Māori magazine series Koha. He stayed with TVNZ for 17 years as a director, producer and executive producer with programmes like Marae,Waka Huia and Mai Time. Documentaries he has made include Maori Battalion March to Victory, When The Haka became Boogie, Icon In b Minor andThe New Zealand Wars.
Tainui is now an independent radio and TV producer and director. He is broadcasting and cultural advisor to industry groups and the Māori Language Commission. The Hill is his first film.