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Maui's Hook

Maui's Hook

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  • Wed 7 Nov ’18, 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Lighthouse Cinema, 52 Beach St, Petone, Lower Hutt


All Ages

Cost: $20 tickets from Lower Hutt Women's Centre - 9201009 or info@lhwc.org.nz

Pay online - 03 0531 0528525 03.

Māui’s Hook is a raw, compelling road trip of loss, forgiveness and redemption. It invites open discussion of suicide through the brave testimony of five grieving families travelling to Cape Reinga. Set alongside the families is Tama, a disturbed young man on the destructive road of no return.

Invoking the skills, cunning and defiance of Māui, the title of the film alludes to the line on a map traced by the bus trip the film takes from Parihaka in Taranaki to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga). The travellers who join this hīkoi wairua are five families grieving the suicide of someone close. Their stories give the film its soul-stirring centre.

Joseph conducts and films wānanga with the families as they journey north to release and farewell their loved ones. Addressing the demographic most commonly reflected in New Zealand’s suicide statistics, the story introduces a fictional surrogate in Tama (Niwa Whatuira), who observes the suffering of loved ones left behind and understands too late that while his pain and anger need not be permanent, death most surely is. The film intends to change attitudes and provoke action.

Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph (Atihau-a-Papaarangi, Ngā Rauru) - “We’re using a Māori pathway to healing and connecting with each other in order to come to terms with this global problem of suicide.” Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble (Te Arawa) - “We want our young people to be like Māui - to push through life’s challenges, using the Māui attitude.” Quinton Hita (Ngāpuhi) - ‘Tēnei mea te whakawhanaungatanga, me he ngākau kē. Kei konei e panapana nei.’ Fellowship through trauma is like a heart. Here the heart beats strongly.

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