My Kainga, My Castle
My Kainga, My Castle – when he went to school, entertainer Sir Howard Morrison loved the stories of English castles and knights.
In this documentary he introduces some of his favorite tales of chivalry, love and war – but from much closer to home. They are the treasured legends of his tribe, Te Arawa – including the famous Hinemoa love story.
The people of Te Arawa assisted in making this documentary, giving the documentary makers access to the famous Tamatekapua meeting house on the shores of Lake Rotorua, and taking part in the re-enactment of a legendary battle scene. (Tamatekapua is named after one of Arawa’s great ancestors, the captain of the canoe which brought the iwi from Hawiiki to Aotearoa.) The word kainga means home.
Producer John Harris: “This has been one of the most demanding and rewarding documentaries we have ever made. It’s not a traditional documentary which is built around interviews and observational footage. A lot of time was spent in re-enacting historical scenes including a fight between two war parties, and the famous love story of Hinemoa and Tutanekai”.
The documentary is directed and written by Paul Gittins, the presenter and one of the directors on the Epitaph series.
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Producer: John Harris
Presenter: Sir Howard Morrison
Thanks to: The people of Te Arawa
Exec producer: Geoff Steven
Director/Writer: Paul Gittins
1st assistant director: Mandy Harris
Historical Consultants: Don Stafford, Te Pere Curtis, Mauriora Kingi
Researchers: Jane Reeves, Paul Gittins
Art Dept: Emma Muir, Sacha Keating, Robert Rika
Graphics: Louise Hyman
Online Editor: Adam Baines
Offline Editor: Anthony Muru
Production manager: Megan Douglas
Production coordinator: Catherine White
Production assistant: Kim Muriwai
Production runner: Janine Muriwai
DOP: John Ramsay
Camera assist: Garth Merrylees
Sound: Dave Hurley
Sound Mix: Graham Wallace
Production accountant: Glenda Paterson
Funded by: TV1, Te Mangai Paho & NZ On Air