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The Māori legend of Hatupatu, the son of a Māori chief, is told by the use of plasticine puppets. Hatupatu’s people lose their mauri and Hatupatu finds it in the lair of Kurangaituku, the Bird Woman’s lair.

000:13 ‘Many years ago -- there dwelt in the land of Aotea - roa a Maori boy named Hatupatu.
Ill fortune beset his tribe, for their mauri (talisman) which protected them from evil had been stolen.’

006:03 ‘So it is to this day Hatupatu’s Rock stands near Lake Taupo -- travellers gaze at those terrible claw marks and leave a sprig of manuka to bring good fortune.’

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Year 1963

Reference number F15702

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Short

Duration 0:06:24

Production company Fred O’Neill Company

Taonga Māori Collection Yes

Credits Producer: Fred O'Neill