Special Event: UKAIPO WHENUA
SATURDAY JUNE 4, 5 PM GAIETY THEATRE, WAIROA
2016 Director Kararaina Rangihau (Maori) Producer Hineani Melbourne (Maori) NZ 16 min
“He wahine he whenua e ngaro ai te tangata” For women & land men are lost. Nanny Oriwa an elderly woman sends for her beloved grandson to come home from the city to sort the inheritance of her land. She is dying and fears that her land will be divided, and with it her family.
TAKU RAKAU E Kararaina Rangihau 15 min 2010 NZ
TAKU RAKAU E is a waiata tawhito composed about 1873 by Mihikitekapua of Tūhoe. Now in 2009, some generations later Mihikitekapua’s descendents continue to sing her waiata. In this short film Mihikitekapua laments the loss of land and her family succinctly phrased in a haunting lament.
Kararaina is a Writer/Director based in Waikaremoana. ‘Ukaipo Whenua’ is Kararaina’s second short film. Set firmly in Waikaremoana, central North Island NZit is a contemporary tale of what could happen to ancestral inherited land. Her first film ‘Taku Rakau E’ was produced in 2011 by the late Merata Mita and was selected for screening at the 2012 Matariki Māori Womens’ Festival on Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf .