Māui's Hook
Māui's Hook
Time
92 minutes
Language
English, Māori
Country
Aotearoa New Zealand
Company
Kura Productions

A feature film by Māori psychologist and filmmaker Paora Joseph, director of Tātarakihi: Children of Parihaka, MĀUI’S HOOK is a raw, compelling road trip of loss, forgiveness and redemption. It invites open discussion of suicide through the brave testimony of five grieving families travelling to Cape Reinga. Set alongside the families is Tama, a disturbed young man on the destructive road of no return.

Invoking the skills, cunning and defiance of Māui, the title of the film alludes to the line on a map traced by the bus trip the film takes from Parihaka in Taranaki to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga). The travellers who join this hīkoi wairua are five families grieving the suicide of someone close. Their stories give the film its soul-stirring centre.

Joseph conducts and films wānanga with the families as they journey north to release and farewell their loved ones. Addressing the demographic most commonly reflected in New Zealand’s suicide statistics, the story introduces a fictional surrogate in Tama (Niwa Whatuira), who observes the suffering of loved ones left behind and understands too late that while his pain and anger need not be permanent, death most surely is.
The film intends to change attitudes and provoke action.

Filmmakers
Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph (Atihau-a-Papaarangi, Ngā Rauru) - “We’re using a Māori pathway to healing and connecting with each other in order to come to terms with this global problem of suicide.”Read More
Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble (Te Arawa) - “We want our young people to be like Māui - to push through life’s challenges, using the Māui attitude.” Read More
Quinton Hita (Ngāpuhi) - ‘Tēnei mea te whakawhanaungatanga, me he ngākau kē. Kei konei e panapana nei.’ Fellowship through trauma is like a heart. Here the heart beats strongly.Read More
Cinema Screenings
2
November
2018
10.30am & 6.15pm Reading Cinemas 1281 Eruera Street, Rotorua
2
November
2018
5.15pm and 7pm Tokoroa Cinema, 34 Logan St, Tokoroa
2
November
2018
7pm Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival. Old Odeon Destiny Theatre
3
November
2018
6.15pm Reading Cinemas 1281 Eruera Street Rotorua
3
November
2018
10.45am, 4.30pm, 9.30pm Tokoroa Cinema 34 Logan Street, Tokoroa
3
November
2018
1.00pm Anzac Theatre, Hokianga Road, Dargaville
4
November
2018
6.15pm Reading Cinemas 1281 Eruera Street Rotorua
4
November
2018
10.45am, 4.30pm, 9.30pm Tokoroa Cinema 34 Logan Street, Tokoroa
5
November
2018
10.30am & 6.15pm Reading Cinemas 1281 Eruera St Rotorua
6
November
2018
10.30am & 6.15pm Reading Cinemas 1281 Eruera St Rotorua
6
November
2018
5.15pm & 9pm Tokoroa Cinema 34 Logan St, Tokoroa
7
November
2018
10.30am & 6.15pm Reading Cinemas 1281 Eruera St Rotorua
7
November
2018
5.15pm & 7pm Tokoroa Cinema 34 Logan Street, Tokoroa
7
November
2018
6.00pm Lighthouse Cinema 52 Beach St Petone (Lower Hutt Womens Centre fundraiser)
7
November
2018
1pm Everybody's Theatre, 72 Tasman St, Opunake, Taranaki.
11
November
2018
7pm Everybody's Theatre, 72 Tasman St, Opunake, Taranaki.
FREE ADMISSION
Testimonials
News and Articles
Reviews

“Families open a vital discussion about suicide in docu-drama

NZHERALD.CO.NZ

“Māui’s Hook – A harrowing yet moving look at suicide”

STUFF.CO.NZ

“Māui’s Hook: the cinematic kōrero this country desperately needs”

FLICKS.CO.NZ

“Some say, ‘Where are you gonna bury yours? Inside or outside the urupā?’”

THESPINOFF.CO.NZ

“Māui’s Hook: A Kiwi documentary that will break your heart”

STUFF.CO.NZ

“Part drama, part documentary, Māui’s Hook is an engaging piece of cinema that shines a light on an issue that is right at the very heart of contemporary New Zealand culture. “

SPICYPULP.COM

“Strikingly honest film”

NZHERALD.CO.NZ

“We talk to the filmmakers of Maui’s Hook, a powerful new film which invites open discussion about suicide.”

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