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Movie on life of recognized kuia Dame Whina Cooper set for release

A film chronicling the life of Māori leader and activist Dame Whina Cooper is striking the big screens.

The Te Rarawa matriarch is maybe best recognized for leading the well-known 1975 land march, a hīkoi that galvanised areas across the country.

Marching from Te Hāpua in the Far North right to Wellington, the hīkoi required an end to the taking of Māori land and grasped the country.

Currently Dame Whina’s tale gets on the cinema for the first time. Co-director Paula Whetu-Jones defined it as historic.

” We stepped back as well as we had actually cast and team screening and also they were crying because they understand the abomination of the task at hand,” Whetu-Jones claimed.

The cast have personal ties to the hīkoi also.

” That land march came through my hometown Moerewa,” actress Rena Owen stated.

” There’s images of the cold functions. My daddy’s because image, and also my aunty. My daddy’s sister joined that land march.”

Owen has fond memories of Cooper, with both participating in Catholic Church conventions with each other. These encounters and historical video footage prepared her for the role.

Miriama McDowell plays Dame Whina in her more youthful years as well as explained the role as “a daunting process”.

” How will I ever before fill her footwear?” McDowell remembered.

” I bear in mind one of her granddaughters informed me ‘you don’t have to think of that, she’s gon na involve you.'”.

Her trip saw her collaborate with New Zealand’s initial Māori MP Sir Āpirana Ngata, and she thinks customers will certainly find the film “inspiring”.

The movie will certainly be launched on June 23.

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