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The Te Kooti trail, 1927 (2nd of 2)

The Te Kooti trail, 1927

The poster for Rudall Hayward's 1927 silent film The Te Kooti trail carries the slogan 'Stopped by the N.Z. film censor'. The film's release was held up after the film censor arranged for a special screening for Māori members of Parliament and elders of the Ringatū church to make sure it didn't cause offence. Two intertitles (cards with printed text in silent film) were changed. The cast were all Māori from the Urewera region, selected for their physical resemblance to the characters they played. Te Kooti himself was played by Tūhoe chief Te Pairi Tūterangi who, as a boy, had carried weapons for the real Te Kooti.

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New Zealand Film Archive Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua, Hayward Collection
Reference: S3760 S3760.07

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Helen Martin, 'Feature film - Pioneering days', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2021)

Story by Helen Martin, published 22 Oct 2014