Kōrero: Feature film

Mt Zion, 2012

Mt Zion, 2012

A popular New Zealand feature film of the early 21st century was Tearepa Kahi's Mt Zion. Set in Pukekohe, south of Auckland, in 1979, it stars singer Stan Walker (winner of the 2009 Australia idol television competition) as a young farm worker and musician who hopes to perform with reggae star Bob Marley during his 1979 tour to New Zealand. Veteran actor Temuera Morrison plays Walker's stern father. The soundtrack features a host of reggae classics, and several songs specially written for the film. Kahi (of Ngāti Pāoa and Ngāti Hine) based the film on his own upbringing in Pukekohe.

Using this item

New Zealand Film Commission

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Helen Martin, 'Feature film - Looking to the future', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/42499/mt-zion-2012 (accessed 13 November 2019)

Story by Helen Martin, published 22 Oct 2014