New documentary gives fresh side to Tame Iti story


From the Pacific Media Centre

By Alistar Kata

Most audiences are used to seeing Wairere Tame Iti as the Māori activist, who most notably shot the national flag at a 2005 Waitangi Tribunal hearing, and recently when he was arrested as part of the 2007 anti-terrorism raids in Te Urewera.

But a new documentary entitled The Price of Peace goes beyond the surface into the world of Tame Iti, and takes a different approach to telling the story of the Tūhoe raids.

Award-winning director and co-producer Kim Webby says she wanted to show all sides of Tame Iti.

“I knew him differently. I knew him as a grandfather and as a father, as a marae committee chairman, you know, a leader in his community.”

The film also addresses the themes of how the media portrayed Tame Iti himself, his court case and the wider Ngāi Tūhoe community.

One of three co-producers on the film, AUT University television lecturer Christina Milligan, says the commercialisation of our media industry is a major issue.

“Our mainstream media is getting whiter and whiter by the day and it’s almost like because we have Māori Television, we can now put all the Māori stories, indigenous stories over in that box and its taken care of and the government’s ticked that one off.”

On a wider scope, the film points towards the importance of reconciliation and the state of race relations in the country.

The film screens once more at the New Zealand International Film Festival today, then tours around the country before airing on Māori Television on October 13.

Reporter/Editor: Alistar Kata, contributing editor of the Pacific Media Centre’s Pacific Media Watch project.

Kim Webby, director and co- producer
Christina Milligan, co- producer

Video clip sources:
Te Karere TVNZ
“Operation 8- Deep in the forest- Aotearoa (New Zealand) Terrorist Documentary”- Luke McMahon
Te Karere TVNZ
FIFO Tahiti
Maori Television
NZ On Screen
New Zealand Film Commission
NZ Herald
Peter Quinn

(CC) Pacific Media Centre, School of Communication Studies, AUT University, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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