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TO LOVE A MAORI was produced and directed by husband and wife Rudall and Ramai Hayward.

Described by Rudall as "a romantic documentary made on half a shoestring", it was his seventh, and last, feature and the first in New Zealand to be made in colour.

TO LOVE A MAORI tells the story of Tama and Riki, two young men who leave their country marae for Auckland and the racial discrimination they face once they arrive in the city. Intended as a dramatic documentary highlighting the problems and successes of Māori urban migration, the film portrays many of the social problems of the times.
The film centres on the love story between Tama and Penny, a Pākehā student dancer whose parents strongly object to their association, and their struggle against the intolerance they encounter.

Locations used included Ponsonby, Port Waikato, Auckland Harbour, the Firth of Thames, Waipū, Titirangi, Pt. Chevalier, Hadfield’s Beach, Howick, Stillwater and the East Coast.

“The best thing about Mr Hayward’s film is that it depicts with fidelity an important phase of life and experience in ‘the largest Polynesian city in the world’. This film was yelling out to be made. Mr Hayward, crowning a lifetime in cinema, has made it with distinction” - ‘Film has honest message to stir New Zealand’; Whakatane Beacon, 9 February, 1972.

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Year 1972

Reference number F14678

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 1:43:43

Production company Rudall & Ramai Hayward Film Productions

Taonga Māori Collection Yes

Credits Cast: Val Irwin
Cast: Marie Searell
Cast: Sybil Locke
Cast: Desmond Locke
Cast: Rau Hotere
Cast: Toby Curtis (Ngā Iwi o Te Arawa - Ngāti Pikiao)
Cast: Olive Pompallier
Cast: Vincent Sharpe
Cast: Ramai Hayward
Cast: Robin Peel-Walker
Cast: Pam Ferris
Cast: Harold Kissin
Cast: Tom Newnham
Director: Ramai Hayward
Producer: Rudall Hayward
Producer: Ramai Hayward
Screenplay: Rudall Hayward
Screenplay: Ramai Hayward
Screenplay: Diane Francis
Camera: Alton Francis
Camera Assistant: Randall Francis
Camera Assistant: Rowan Francis
Camera Assistant: Abel Francis
Editor: Rudall Hayward
Editor: Alton Francis
Music Director: Ray Gunter
Sound: Alton Francis
Choreography: Metanga Kingi [Duffy]
Director: Rudall Hayward
Cast: Peter Sharpe
Cast: Owen Sharpe

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