Tama and Penny meet and fall in love in Auckland after Tama has moved there from a small East Coast community to do a motor-mechanic apprenticeship. To love a Maori explores reactions to their relationship, and to Penny's unplanned pregnancy, against the background of Māori rural–urban migration. Directed and produced by husband and wife Rudall and Ramai Hayward, To love a Maori aimed to challenge prejudice against Māori. The movie's political purpose as a 'romantic documentary' is dominant, and the dialogue is often stilted and didactic. However, the movie addressed issues that many young adults were encountering as people of different ethnicities met, fell in love and formed new families.
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