The Carving Cries
The Carving Cries

Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Tangata Whenua 3 

NZ documentary classics. Tūrangawaewae focuses on the establishment of a new urban marae in Porirua. The Carving Cries explores the importance of passing on shared memories, knowledge and history to the next generation.

87 minutes

Newly restored prints of the final two programmes of the extraordinary series made by Barry Barclay and Michael King for New Zealand television in 1974.

Turangawaewae – A Place to Stand 1974

Director

Producer

John O'Shea

Screenplay

Michael King
,
Barry Barclay
50 minutes

Young Maori from Nga Tamatoa travel to Tokomaru Bay to help paint and care for the Tokomaru meeting house, built between 1928 and 1934. For some Tamatoa members, this is their first marae experience. The documentary moves to Porirua, where a new marae is being established. Prior to its establishment, local Maori recall the past reality of life in rural communities such as Tokomaru Bay and Waima Valley and the concept of marae, as traditionally understood, is set against the terms of the new urban present. As diverse Pakeha - and Pacific Island community networks attempt to form links with the marae, real questions are raised about the nature of identity and the possibility of a ‘multicultural’ future.

The Carving Cries 1974

Director

Producer

John O'Shea

Commentary

Michael King
,
Witi Ihimaera

With

John Rangihau
,
Witi Ihimaera
,
Trudy Keelan
,
Tom Smiler
,
Gilma Tamatea
,
Elizabeth Shaw
,
Martin Baker
,
Ngoi Pewhairangi
,
Whaimutu Dewes
,
Joe Aranga
,
Piri Poutapu
,
Dick Green
37 minutes

In a Tokomaru Bay meeting house there is a carving which the people say will weep when something in the Maori world is lost. This last episode in the series explores the importance of the passing on of shared memories, knowledge and history to the next generation.