12 Feb 2021

Documentary: NZ Wars: Stories of Tainui

From NZ Wars: Stories of Tainui, 6:00 am on 12 February 2021

Series Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Recommended for Younger Viewers)
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NZ Wars: Stories of Tainui is the third compelling chapter in RNZ’s award-winning documentary project on the New Zealand Wars.

Watch the NZ Wars: Stories of Tainui Extended Interviews here.

A re-enactment of Sir George Grey meeting Pootatau Te Wherowhero

A re-enactment of Sir George Grey meeting Pootatau Te Wherowhero Photo: GSTV

A re-enactment of Sir George Grey meeting Pootatau Te Wherowhero.

A re-enactment of Sir George Grey meeting Pootatau Te Wherowhero. Photo: GSTV

Re-enactment of the second Maaori king, Taawhiao meeting Sir George Grey

Re-enactment of the second Maaori king, Taawhiao meeting Sir George Grey Photo: GSTV

NZ Wars: Stories of Tainui is the next compelling chapter in RNZ’s award-winning documentary project on the New Zealand Wars.

The 1863 invasion of the Waikato was the defining conflict of New Zealand, reinforcing the Crown’s power, entrenching one of Aotearoa’s oldest political institutions (the Kiingitanga) and resulting in land confiscations that continue to shape New Zealand today.

Waikato awa on an early misty morning

Waikato awa on an early misty morning Photo: GSTV

Once again, Great Southern Television and Aotearoa Media Collective bring this important chapter of our nation’s story to life, teaming up with RNZ to create a digital documentary project that vividly illustrates how these battles looked, sounded and felt.

Students of Rakaumanga perform a haka in memory of the wars on Waikato

Students of Rakaumanga perform a haka in memory of the wars on Waikato Photo: GSTV

Presented by Mihingaarangi Forbes and featuring Dr Vincent O’Malley alongside esteemed iwi historians Rahui Papa, Brad Totorewa, Tom Roa, Mamae Takerei and Kawhia Muraahi, NZ Wars: Stories of Tainui examines the events that continue to influence contemporary Aotearoa.

Mamae Takerei performs a poroporoaki to those who died at Rangiriri

Mamae Takerei performs a poroporoaki to those who died at Rangiriri Photo: GSTV

A re-enactment of the church at Rangiaowhia being burnt down

A re-enactment of the church at Rangiaowhia being burnt down Photo: GSTV

Anglican Church at Rangiaowhia

Anglican Church at Rangiaowhia Photo: GSTV

Mihingarangi Forbes at -Ō-Rākau

Mihingarangi Forbes at -Ō-Rākau Photo: GSTV

A reconstruction of what Rangiriri pā would have looked like

A reconstruction of what Rangiriri pā would have looked like Photo: GSTV

Brad Totorewa and descendants of Ngaati Naho perform a haka at the battle site of Rangiriri

Brad Totorewa and descendants of Ngaati Naho perform a haka at the battle site of Rangiriri Photo: GSTV

Re-enactment of the ladders used by the troops at Rangiriri

Re-enactment of the ladders used by the troops at Rangiriri Photo: GSTV

Re-enactment of the events that took place at Rangiaowhia

Re-enactment of the events that took place at Rangiaowhia Photo: GSTV

A reconstruction of the crossing of the Mangatawhiri stream

A reconstruction of the crossing of the Mangatawhiri stream Photo: Kaleidoscope 3D

Reconstruction of Ō-Rākau pā

Reconstruction of Ō-Rākau pā Photo: Kaleidoscope 3D

Reconstruction of Rangiaowhia.

Reconstruction of Rangiaowhia. Photo: Kaleidoscope 3D

A reconstruction of what Rangiriri pā would have looked like.

A reconstruction of what Rangiriri pā would have looked like. Photo: Kaleidoscope 3D

Dr Vincent O'Malley and Mihingarangi Forbes

Dr Vincent O'Malley and Mihingarangi Forbes Photo: GSTV

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  • In 2019 Great Southern Television produced NZ Wars: Stories of Waitara winning the Te Māngai Paho Best Māori Programme at the 2020 New Zealand Television Awards.
NZ Wars: Stories Of Waitara

NZ Wars: Stories Of Waitara Photo: GSTV

  • In 2017 Great Southern Television produced NZ Wars: The Stories of Ruapekapeka to critical acclaim receiving Best Documentary, Best Māori Programme and finalist for Best Presenter - Entertainment at the 2018 Huawei Mate20 New Zealand Television Awards.
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Made with the support of NZ On Air

Made with the support of NZ On Air Photo: NZ On Air