23 Apr 2010

Maori films part of Anzac collection on-line

3:06 pm on 23 April 2010

On-line audiences can watch a wide selection of Maori films as part of NZ On Screen's free Anzac collection.

Content director Irene Gardiner says Maori-themed movies and documentaries were some of the most popular items in last year's Anzac collection.

She expects strong interest again for documentaries about Victoria Cross winners Willie Apiata and Te Moananui a Kiwa Ngarimu, RNZAF pilot John Pohe, who plotted the 'Great Escape' from Stalag Luft and Maori Battalion: March to Victory by Tainui Stevens.

Taika Waititi's short film Tama Tu is also available on the site nzonscreen dot com.

The collection is funded by New Zealand on Air.

Meanwhile, Waatea News reports a London-based Maori singer songwriter hopes a song he composed to honour his grandfather's service in the 28th Maori Battalion, will strike a chord with other soldiers' descendants.

Jayson Norris, who hails from Kaitaia, is back for a promotional tour. The song Freedom to Live speaks of the bravery of those who served.

Norris says he is honoured the song was chosen by the 28th Maori Battalion Association as a tribute song to play at their Crete and Greece ceremony in May.