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Film: To Love a Maori

Film: To Love a Maori

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  • Sun 2 Nov ’14, 3:30pm – 4:55pm


MTG Century Theatre, 9 Herschell Street, Napier Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • To Love a Maori: $5.00


MTG Hawke's Bay

Described by director Rudall Hayward as “a romantic documentary made on half a shoestring”, To Love a Maori tells the story of two young Maori men who travel from their country marae to Auckland. There they face racial discrimination in many areas. One of them, Tama, falls in love with a Pakeha student dancer, Penny, whose parents strongly object to their relationship. The film reveals some of the social problems of the time and aimed to highlight the complexities of Maori urban migration.

"In many ways, To Love a Maori continues from where John O’Shea’s 1952 classic Broken Barrier, left off, while it wasn’t a commercial success it was welcomed for its stance and because it challenged the myth of New Zealand’s harmonious race relations. To Love a Maori also has the distinction of being the first New Zealand feature film produced in colour. The film was the seventh, and last feature made by pioneer film maker Rudall Hayward (1900-1974). Hayward spent a lifetime in film, beginning as a nine-year-old in Waihi, as an assistant to the projectionist; he died in 1974 while on the road promoting To Love a Maori. To this day Rudall Hayward remains one of New Zealand’s most prolific film makers. Star of the classic 1940 film Rewi’s Last Stand, Ramai Hayward (1916-2014) is credited as this country’s first Māori film maker, camera woman and script writer. From the 1940s Ramai made films in 5 countries including communist China, Albania and the UK. With Rudall she also made many educational documentaries in New Zealand. Ramai was an acclaimed photographer, singer and poet, she was an active member of the Maori Women’s Welfare League and an advocate for land rights. She passed away in July 2014.”

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