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Rewi's Last Stand

Rewi's Last Stand

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  • Sat 22 Jul ’17, 7:00pm – 9:00pm


Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Rd, Titirangi Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Unwaged/Gold Card Holders: $15.00

Rewi’s Last Stand was made by Rudall Hayward as a remake of a 1925 silent film he made of the same name. It tells the story of the Battle of Orakau, one of the last acts of the Invasion of Waikato by the British during the Waikato war of the 1860s. Hayward was determined to correct the mistakes he had made in the earlier version and the film is heavily indebted to the historian James Cowan and his account of the invasion.

It was mostly shot on Gus Bishop’s property in Waima Rd (on the first bend of what is now called Woodlands Park Rd). Our 10 seconds of fame is now remembered in the name of Hollywood Ave. For a while the Woodlands Park subdivision was referred to as Beverley Hills but, perhaps, fortunately, this name didn’t stick. What did stay is Beverley Hills Scenic Reserve, part of the Clark Bush track.

The film takes its name from the famous battle of Ōrākau where Rewi Maniapoto and 300 supporters resisted the advance of over 2,000 Imperial troops during a siege which lasted three days. Around this historical event, Hayward wove a fictional love story between a settler, Robert Beaumont, and Ariana, a young Māori woman played by his future wife Rāmai Te Miha aka Patricia Miller.

Released in Britain in 1949 as The Last Stand, the original negatives were cut to meet the British quota system. Only this shortened version of the film is known to survive. In 1970 The Last Stand became the first New Zealand feature to be shown on NZ television. It was widely distributed through New Zealand schools through the National Film Library.

With the support of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, this rare screening is to support the Titirangi Protection Group who are working to prevent the destruction of native bush on Woodlands Park Road, which has been selected by Watercare to build a new water treatment plant.

A short talk on local history will precede the film and a light supper will be served afterwards.

Any queries or to buy tickets locally please email protecttitirangi@gmail.com

Bring cash, there will be a raffle for a hamper filled with treats and a copy of Fiona Drummond's book Exhibition Drive.

Copies of the book will also be available to purchase for $35 (cash sales) with Fiona donating a generous percentage per book sold to the fundraising efforts of Titirangi Protection Group.

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