25 Mar 2011

New Zealand play marks Samoa's Mau movement

2:54 pm on 25 March 2011

A play has been put on in New Zealand to mark Samoa's Mau movement which sought a non-violent way to end New Zealand's colonial rule.

On December the 28th 1929 the New Zealand military police fired on a peaceful Mau procession in the streets of Apia, which became known as Black Saturday.

11 people were killed, including Mau leader and high chief Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III, and many others were wounded.

Producer Obed Unasa says the story, told to him by his grandfather, needed to be retold, especially to young people.

"He was one of the advisers to General Richardson during the 1920s and so that was his part and involvement in it. So that was pretty much the inspiration. Yes I think its an important story to revisit, because there's a lot of good themes, apart from the obvious tragedy. I think we can learn a lot from the Mau movement even today it can still be quite relevant."

Obed Unasa says they hope to go on tour with the play if they can find funding.