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Tagata Tangata

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.

 Film No.


1  Aotearoa

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.

2  Aotearoa

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).

3  Aotearoa

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.

4 Aotearoa

Rangi Walker, carvings, meeting house (genitalia), Hone Kaa, Te Karere TVNZ Newsroom, Kohanga Reo, children at play.

5  Aotearoa

Pita Sharples, Kura Kaupapa, school (wild sound), Aoga Pacifica, children singing, teacher Losalina, Betty Hanapo discusses placenta containers, Samoan class of older students.

6  Aotearoa

Paki Harrison, master carver

7  Aotearoa

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)

8  Aotearoa

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.

9   Aotearoa

Kura Whaaka, jade shop, Derek Fox in studio, cont. wild

10  Aotearoa

Eva Rickard (Māori and English)

11  Aotearoa

Eva Rickard continues, continues wild

12  Aotearoa

Eva Rickard in Raglan, Eva Rickard at Kupe sculpture and at cemetery, (ends on paintings of relatives)

13 Tahiti

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.

14 Tahiti

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.

15 Tahiti

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.

16 Tahiti

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.

24 Hawaii

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

25 Hawaii

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.

26 Hawaii

Opelu project fish farm, Haydn Burges, Haydn Burges on culture, children etc., boy living in tree William “street kid”, more of Haydn with boy.

27 Hawaii

Kaila, taro farm, Eric Enos culture of taro, Eric and two boys tending taro,  taro story

28 Hawaii

 Forest ferns, chant to Pele while picking ferns, weaving leis, hula dancers and hand drummer, volcanic area, berries, rocks, cliffs (mute)

29 Hawaii

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.

30 Hawaii

Palikapu Dedman (Hawaiian activist) interview, argument with ranger interview, volcanic crater interview, continues wild

31 Hawaii

John Kamakawi Woole (Osorio), on land, history, monarchy etc, ends on Iolani Palace, (many photographs on stills roll)

32 Tuvalu

(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.

33 Tuvalu

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.

34 Tuvalu

(Nukulaelae) School children, song, schoolteacher, lagoon fishing, distribution of catch, chief, children eating.

35 Tuvalu

Ext church, church service, minister, sermon and interview, (Rev Teatu Fusi).

36 Tuvalu

(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.

37 Fiji

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).

38 Fiji


39 Tonga

School, yams (planting etc), Siaosi Puloka (farmer), ‘Ofa Fakalata (Minister of Agriculture), speaks on land use, umu, opening, digging etc, kitchen, yams,  family meal.

40 Tonga

Tupou Posese (origins, history etc), two carvers, Takapu, master carver.

41 Tonga

Two carvers interview, interview Futa Helu, Director of Atenisi Institute, continues wild, more sync, ends wild, school buildings, Futa teaching students.

42 Tonga

Tu’iniua Tuita (Tongan writer), reads manuscript, Akelisi Pohiva, Opposition Leader, Bishop Finau.

43 Tonga

Dr Amanaki Havea, (Church vs Government), school playground, Parliament, ext, Parliament, int, Prime Minister of Tonga, traffic: market, people etc, poor housing, poverty, graves.

44 Tonga

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.

45 Tonga

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.

46 Niue

Fishing, launching canoes etc, (sound runs out), Lotoaiofa Litaio on shark caves, caves and grotto, Talava, where King swam (mute), Sisepi Pao, fisherman

47 Niue

Dance (Captain Cook dance), market, Isaia Talagi, farmer talks about forest, tapu Forest (cute), chop tree and more interviews, clearing, erosion, bush.

48 Niue

Ear piercing ceremony, including food distribution, interview parents.

49 Samoa

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.

50 Samoa

Market and buses, school class, blindfolded student, ext. school, Pemani Sapapali’i, wide shot in lounge with translator, Mona, Narrator.

51 Samoa

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).

52 Samoa

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.

53 Samoa

Tattoo song, White Sunday, children get ready, arrival at church service, palolo song, palolo fishing (general chaos and sound runs out).

54 Samoa

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.

55 Samoa

Creation chant, ‘ava prayer and song, siva.

56 Stills

Black and white, Island life, mainly Hawaii including colour paintings, Royal Family etc.

57 Stills

Black and White. Early NZ, protest, Samoan family (colour), more Hawaiian Royal Family, islanders arrive in NZ islanders working in factories.


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