Maui's Hook

Feature Film

DIRECTOR - Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph

PRODUCER -Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble


SCREENPLAY Lani-rain Feltham. Based on a story by Paora Joseph

EDITOR -Gareth Dick

MUSIC -Dick Reade, Janine Martin, Gareth Dick, Paora Joseph

Starring - Niwa Whatuira, Hera Foley, Nicola Kawana, Paora Joseph

Invoking the skills, cunning and defiance of the legendary tupuna, the title of this stirring film by psychologist and filmmaker Paora Joseph also alludes to the line on a map traced by the bus trip he takes us on from Parihaka to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga). The travellers who join this hikoi wairua are five families, four Māori, one Pākehā, each grieving the suicide of someone very close. In the bravest, most sobering of interviews, these five families each gather to tell the story of the person in their midst who took their life.

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 our tragic suicide statistics he introduces their fictional surrogate in young Tama (Niwa Whatuira), who observes the suffering of loved ones left behind and comes too late to apprehend that while his pain and anger need not be permanent, death most surely is.