Retelling precious Maori stories of romance, betrayal, politics and war, survival and heroism. Many of the stories have never been told on television before, and are brought to life with a mix of documentary footage and dramatisation using such well known actors as Ian Mune, Rawiri Paratene, Taungaroa Emile and Miriama McDowell.
Taonga is the Maori word for a treasured thing, whether tangible or intangible. In this series, the many letters, manuscripts, photos, artifacts, heirlooms and the stories left behind, provide the starting point for each episode. The series takes snapshots across 150 years of our history through the eyes of Maori who lived it. Using drama & documentary, their past is brought to life through each characters distinct story and the telling of it from their first-person perspective, or what the creators call, their “spirit” voice.