TAHERE TIKITIKI - THE MAKING OF A MAORI CANOE
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NFU Film Information Sheet No. 477 Cat. Refs. 1977 p.43; 1984-85 p.28; 1986-87 p.36. Colour 39 mins. 35mm 3,575 ft. By command of the Maori Queen, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, the men of the Turangawaewae Marae, Ngaruawahia, built a Waka Taua - a war canoe. Designed and built under the supervision of Elder and master carver Piri Poutapu, MBE, the canoe took 18 months to complete. This film, the only one of its kind, traces the construction of the giant canoe from the felling of the trees in the forest, to the launching. Fascinating to the general public and at the same time of significance to historians and other specialists, the film interweaves the progress on the canoe through the seasons, with the way of life on the marae that made its construction possible. (Italian version available) THERE IS A PLACE
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