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  • Wed 29 Jun ’16, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Thu 30 Jun ’16, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Fri 1 Jul ’16, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Sat 2 Jul ’16, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Sat 2 Jul ’16, 7:00pm – 8:30pm


Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.25
  • Concession: $8.20

Screening as part of Matariki Pūrākaunui | Matariki Stories 2016.

A drama of Māori and Pakeha families, "Ngati" shows how people in a Māori community cope with personal and public crises which threaten to disrupt their lives and traditional ways. "Ngati" is set in the tiny Maori community of Kapua on the East Cape in 1948. Change is in the air; the old freezing works, the district’s main employer, is clearly on the brink of closure. The town’s concern is equally focused on Ropata, the twelve year old son of Iwi and Hine, who is very ill. Iwi places more faith in the healing powers of the tohunga than in the local Pakeha doctor Paul Bennett. A young Australian, Greg Shaw, visits Dr. Bennett and his wife Sam. As he becomes involved in the different ways Maori and Pakeha face a crisis in their everyday life and death, he suddenly discovers he has stronger ties to the community than he expected.

“'Ngati' is a deceptively gentle film. Its images are composed with a wistful and pensive restraint and its pace is easy and friendly. Yet bubbling beneath its surface is the most powerful political statement about Māori – and by extension, all indigenous culture – our cinema has yet managed.” – Peter Calder, “New Zealand’s Finest,” "New Zealand Herald," September 25, 1987.

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