In 1994, Television New Zealand screened a series of six one-hour programmes entitled Tagata Tangata, devoted to contemporary views of Pacific history and social issues. The film crew had travelled widely during the previous year, visiting Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Tahiti, Niue, Hawaii and Easter Island, as well several locations within Aotearoa itself.
The six programmes were entitled:
1. Nga Tapuwae, Sacred Footsteps
2. Nga Kaitiaki te Moananui-a-Kiwa, Guardians of the South Pacific
3. Papalagi, Heaven Breakers
4. Tagata Whenua, People of the Land
5. Te Ao Hurihuri, The Changing World
6. Ngai Tatou, Family
Production was undertaken by Pasifika Knowhow/ John Maynard Productions, and in 1995 John Maynard (Executive Producer) and Mona Papali’i (series narrator) deposited the boxes of unused film footage in the Archive of Māori and Pacific Music, University of Auckland.
In 2001 the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, the Hon. Mark Gosche, awarded funds to the Archive of Māori and Pacific Music in order to reconstitute all of the rushes and copy them to videotape format for general access and use. This material has now been deposited in the Archive and is available for non-commercial use. I am grateful to all these people for their support and professional input to this unique project.
We are delighted to announce that John Maynard, Producer and copyright holder of the Tangata Tagata film series, has given approval for copies of the reconstituted rushes to be made for private and non-commercial purposes.
Individual one-hour tapes are available at a cost-recovery fee of $25 each post-free within New Zealand. For details of the cost of a complete set or for postage outside New Zealand, contact the Archive.
Please include payment with your order, and ensure that cheques are made payable to the University of Auckland. Overseas orders must be in the form of a bank draft payable in New Zealand dollars. A pro form invoice will be generated on request.
The contents of the original 57 films are detailed below.
Titles, Theme, Natural World Of The Māori, Hokule’a, voyage to New Zealand, New Zealand views, Hawaiki Nui 1980’s, (voyage to New Zealand, home movie), includes various music cues from the original series.
Birth, Mona and Peter, placenta, burial of placenta, Marae, Hangi eating, Sam talks about speaking on the Marae, Uncle Fred talks about the old days, Pete visits relatives, cemetery, grandfather’s grave, spirits leave from Cape Reinga, (including chants tora, haka, karakia).
Marae, High profile speakers, nuclear ships, Treaty, Parliament, Hikoi of Hope, Whina Cooper, Bastion Point, Treaty original document, gathering fish, Waitangi location, including various music cues from the original series, Donna Awatere: Mihipeka reads to child, Mihipeka talks about being Māori.
Rangi Walker, carvings, meeting house (genitalia), Hone Kaa, Te Karere TVNZ Newsroom, Kohanga Reo, children at play.
Pita Sharples, Kura Kaupapa, school (wild sound), Aoga Pacifica, children singing, teacher Losalina, Betty Hanapo discusses placenta containers, Samoan class of older students.
Paki Harrison, master carver
Paki Harrison (cont), Paki Harrison carving with “Ed” (student), Paki, Chant on beach with child,ext. marae carving, Paki interview continues, Paki interview continues, Ed polishing carving (includes interview)
Scenics (spirits music) (birds, pigeon and tui), Robert Mahuta, Robert Mahuta in office and grand plan, tourists, marae and geysers etc, carving arts and crafts centre.
Kura Whaaka, jade shop, Derek Fox in studio, cont. wild
Eva Rickard (Māori and English)
Eva Rickard continues, continues wild
Eva Rickard in Raglan, Eva Rickard at Kupe sculpture and at cemetery, (ends on paintings of relatives)
Oscar Temark Mayor on sovereignty, Oscar Temark in the office, Wilfred (French) ex-gendarme, Wilfred in garden (English translation, Taputapuatea, Pierre at various sites, altar and sacrifices, stones, spirits, navigation etc.
Demonstrators’ camp, cooking breadfruit, signs, fish cleaning, protestors Robert and Tauta, children in camp, various, Wilfred talks to children and tells them a story, War Memorial 1844 Papeete, harbour scenes, Incl. naval presence, canoe builder, (Mute), sailing canoe and house, various.
Francis Cowan, navigator, (starts wild then in sync), sunsets, Moorea, Mdme Evette (Tahitian), (continued wild), song, fishing boat, various, by mountain, fisherman talks about Japanese hotel, fisherman at helm by himself.
Group song, Punatai looks out over mountains, Punitai, talks about land and sea (contd wild), various vute shots, mountains, statues, goods, Pomare Tomb, trees, flowers, slums, Mayors building, ends, Venus Point, church ext, int. singing, parishioners leave church, Minister, continues wild
17 Easter Island
Rapanui classroom, various, woodworking (carving), school song, girls circle song, jawbone player, Peter Edmunds (on tourism), Edmundo (slave trade, smallpox), some wild, Edmundo and Marcello (interviewer) walk around rocks, cave, Pillipe (sailed to Tahiti)
18 Easter Island
Tourists, Peter Edmunds, gods, generations etc, cont wild under quarry Moai, mute, Rapanui statues and Ahu A Kivi, Peter wanders about and Rano Raraku, contd without picture, students and teacher discuss stones and statues
19 Easter Island
Juan Teare, (Orongo Birdman with Rodreigo, contd wild under scenics rocks and coastline petroglyphs, stonebuildings, ends on stone buildings and wild sound.
20 Easter Island
Rapanui, Military base, teachers college, teachers and students discuss future and Māori language course, Vicki Haoa (one of the students) discusses statues with Christian and walks around site
21 Cook Islands
Rarotonga, Kauraka Kauraka (anthropologist), fisherman, baiting fishhook, song to Tangaroa Canoe, sunset drum, song to Tangaroa, drum dance, drum man Jon Jonassen, continues wild
22 Cook Islands
Rarotonga sawmill, pea plantation, arrowroot plant and extraction, coconut tree, coconut milling, coconut thatched roofs, Minister of Agriculture (importance of coconut), chant at tree and English translation, canoe (Maire Nui), market (Ma’uke) weaving, produce, carving, incl. phallic bailer for canoe, women painting cloth, Minister of Agriculture (Agriculture etc)
23 Cook Islands
Te Maika Karati (Onwhenua burial), babies in hospital, church, food on altar, Rev Tekere Pereeti (harvest festival), Papa Mana (TV executive on language and TV), wild in the middle of interview TV reporter and crew working.
Wooden statue, Ocean Tangaroa, protest Halawa Valley, cement trucks, police, Swat team, cement works, beach, various, holiday makers (mute), Richard Kekuni Blaisdell, (Hawaiian Rights) watering garden
Taro fields, Marion Kelly (land rights), fish ponds, city in distance, Diamond Head Ulupo Heiau historic site, housing : city ), rich ), poor ), wizard stones, beach, paintings “Death Of Cook” tapa dress and cloth painting “Kilauea”, necklace “Fiji tabua” etching “Long Ears”, John Kelly, on fishponds, Dillingham Corp. map and charts.
Opelu project fish farm, Haydn Burges, Haydn Burges on culture, children etc., boy living in tree William “street kid”, more of Haydn with boy.
Kaila, taro farm, Eric Enos culture of taro, Eric and two boys tending taro, taro story
Forest ferns, chant to Pele while picking ferns, weaving leis, hula dancers and hand drummer, volcanic area, berries, rocks, cliffs (mute)
Pualani Kanakaole, (talks about chants, gods etc), cont. wild over following mute shots: Kilauea Crater, bush, flowers, ferns, Honolulu City, motorway, Hickham Air Force Base, Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbour, Hawaiian language preschool, ext, int. children and parents, teacher interview.
John Kamakawi Woole (Osorio), on land, history, monarchy etc, ends on Iolani Palace, (many photographs on stills roll)
(Nukulaelae) Canoes greet crew, (singing), fishing for wahoo, leaving, baiting, calling, catch, return through reef, women sing song for fishermen, ends with wild fishermen’s speech.
Women singing, wild, (call from tautai), sunset, children swimming, moon, interview Mausaki Kaitu, a Tautai, (about fishing), I totonu Nukulasi, cont. wild after village shots.
(Nukulaelae) School children, song, schoolteacher, lagoon fishing, distribution of catch, chief, children eating.
Ext church, church service, minister, sermon and interview, (Rev Teatu Fusi).
(Nukulaelae) Making lei, dance, description of girls dance, description of men’s dance, more women and men dancing with cutaways, cleaning sacred site, stones and ferns, interview deacon Tinei Simeona, interview Sualaki Neemia, fisherman in canoe, village in background, church song under.
Ratu Peni (tabua) Nakahalagi, (from Kaba Bau Taileuu), interview cont. wild over photos, museum, canoe, scrimshaw, whale tooth, and drawings, Ext thatched house, yaqona ceremony, tabua (ends ext house).
School, yams (planting etc), Siaosi Puloka (farmer), ‘Ofa Fakalata (Minister of Agriculture), speaks on land use, umu, opening, digging etc, kitchen, yams, family meal.
Tupou Posese (origins, history etc), two carvers, Takapu, master carver.
Two carvers interview, interview Futa Helu, Director of Atenisi Institute, continues wild, more sync, ends wild, school buildings, Futa teaching students.
Dr Amanaki Havea, (Church vs Government), school playground, Parliament, ext, Parliament, int, Prime Minister of Tonga, traffic: market, people etc, poor housing, poverty, graves.
Dance:, close up, wide shot, musicians and dancers, shark fishermen (callers and shakers), interview Tomasi, shark caller, interview 2nd shark caller, ends wild over rattles and whales passing, at Eueiki Island.
Sparkling sea, songs from shark caller, Ha’amonga, A Maui, King’s palace, church service, hymn, children, octopus fishing, prepare rat lure, interview fisherman, fishing, whales, sunset.
Fishing, launching canoes etc, (sound runs out), Lotoaiofa Litaio on shark caves, caves and grotto, Talava, where King swam (mute), Sisepi Pao, fisherman
Dance (Captain Cook dance), market, Isaia Talagi, farmer talks about forest, tapu Forest (cute), chop tree and more interviews, clearing, erosion, bush.
Ear piercing ceremony, including food distribution, interview parents.
Mona, Piece to camera, (Spanish’ flu), Parliament Building, flag, Dr Fana’afi, (universal suffrage), Dr’s office, family photos, Falapale, yam lady, dig yams mounds, bush (mute), Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III memorial.
Market and buses, school class, blindfolded student, ext. school, Pemani Sapapali’i, wide shot in lounge with translator, Mona, Narrator.
Model village, pieces to camera: Mona, colonialism, Kumulipo, library, 2 girls walking along beach, highlights ‘ava ceremony, kava, fine mats, Samoan Independence Day (Newsreel pt only).
Tattoo, church ext, eggs on head, rubbing tumeric on skin, leis around neck, father and daughter give mats, Petelo (tattooist) interview follows sync and wild, examples of tattoos.
Tattoo song, White Sunday, children get ready, arrival at church service, palolo song, palolo fishing (general chaos and sound runs out).
Making baskets for palolo, women chatting, piece to camera, Mona baby and palolo, scenics, coastline, animals, housing, fine mats, ladies doing washing on rocks, sunset and fire dance, village tracking shot, ladies making leis and picking, flowers, matai meeting, Sapapalii village, Mona PTC and family members, slave trade and children, missionaries, church, two worlds, volley ball game in village.
Creation chant, ‘ava prayer and song, siva.
Black and white, Island life, mainly Hawaii including colour paintings, Royal Family etc.
Black and White. Early NZ, protest, Samoan family (colour), more Hawaiian Royal Family, islanders arrive in NZ islanders working in factories.