Story: Māori and television – whakaata

Tangata whenua

This is a short extract from the sixth and final episode of Tangata whenua from 1974. Here Witi Ihimaera of Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki introduces the community of Waituhi near Gisborne and explains the meaning of the land to the community. Most of the programme was fronted by a Pākehā, Michael King, but it was directed by Barry Barclay of Ngāti Apa for Pacific Films. Tangata whenua was regarded at the time as a ground-breaking television series because of its honest and intimate look at tribal traditions from an openly Māori perspective.

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Reference: Tangata Whenua, The people of the land. The carving cries [videorecording]. Producer, John O’Shea; director, Barry Barclay. Wellington: Pacific Films, 1974.

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Tainui Stephens, 'Māori and television – whakaata - Early years: 1960s and 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/44608/tangata-whenua (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by Tainui Stephens, published 22 Oct 2014