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Māori and Pacific and other ‘Great War Stories’

April 24th, 2020 By Zoe Roland

Commemorate Anzac Day with us and watch ‘Great War Stories’

Join Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa and watch a virtual screening of a selection of Anna Cottrell's Great War Stories mini documentaries.

Called ‘taonga’ by former head of New Zealand On Air Jane Wrightson, this acclaimed series ‘Great War Stories’ has provided a personal insight the tragedy of World War One.

Produced and directed by Anna Cottrell, AC Productions, the documentaries are personal stories told through letters, diaries, photos, many held in the Alexander Turnbull Library. Anna thanks all the families, archivists and Ministry for Culture & Heritage historians and the editor, Peter Metcalf, for their help in creating these moving stories.

Focus on Māori and Pasifika WWI stories

This series of nine short documentaries focuses on Māori, Pacifica and other ethnic minorities involved in the tragic events of World War One. It begins with the 'invasion' of Samoa, follows a Māori sniper on Gallipoli, a decorated soldier who was technically an 'enemy alien' and other moving stories passed down to iwi, whānau and families.

Introduced by Lawrence Wharerau

Lawrence Wharerau, Ngāpuhi is a graduate of the first Māori-oriented journalism course at Waiariki Community College, Rotorua. Starting work as a radio journalist, he went on to become a reporter/presenter/director/writer/actor in film, later becoming involved in production. He is now the Kaitoko Kaupapa Torotoronga ā-Iwi / Outreach Curator Māori Specialist at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Wharerau has a keen interest in his military background. He recently narrated the opening of Te Rau Aroha honouring Māori who have fought in conflicts in New Zealand and overseas at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymlmFwAG0m8
  • Transcript

    The Ode of Remembrance

    E kore rātou e kaumātuatia
    Pēnei i a tātou kua mahue nei
    E kore hoki rātou i ngoikore
    Ahakoa i pehea i ngā āhuatanga o te wā
    I te nūnūmitanga o te rā
    Tae noa ki te ata
    Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou
    Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou.

    They shall grow not old
    As we that are left grow old
    Age shall not weary them
    Nor the years condemn
    At the going down of the sun
    And in the morning
    We will remember them
    We will remember them.

    E aku iti, e aku rahi
    Tēnā koutou katoa.

    My name is Lawrence Wharerau and I am a curator at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, the audio-visual archive of New Zealand’s film, video, television and radio heritage.

    We, along with New Zealand On Air, The Alexander Turnbull Library and the National Library of New Zealand, are proud to bring you this collection of short stories from documentary maker, Anna Cottrell.

    Great War Stories; is a beautifully crafted collection of ‘handmade’ profiles.

    Drawing on letters and diaries and memoirs within the National Library and
    Alexander Turnbull Library, Cottrell peels back the veneers of time to create a poignant and timely reflection of New Zealand’s other stories.

    Stories of those who served and died for a cause they often knew nothing about. Stories of the human spirit. And so it’s with much pleasure that we bring these personal stories from the war to end all wars.

    From Samoa in the Pacific, to Gallipoli and France in far off Europe, these are stories that we just didn’t even kno

    Mā te Atua tātou e manaaki, e tiaki, noho ora mai i ou koutou kāinga maha…
    God bless, care and keep you in the safety of your home.

    Please enjoy.

  • Transcript

    The Ode of Remembrance

    E kore rātou e kaumātuatia
    Pēnei i a tātou kua mahue nei
    E kore hoki rātou i ngoikore
    Ahakoa i pehea i ngā āhuatanga o te wā
    I te nūnūmitanga o te rā
    Tae noa ki te ata
    Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou
    Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou.

    They shall grow not old
    As we that are left grow old
    Age shall not weary them
    Nor the years condemn
    At the going down of the sun
    And in the morning
    We will remember them
    We will remember them.

    E aku iti, e aku rahi
    Tēnā koutou katoa.

    My name is Lawrence Wharerau and I am a curator at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, the audio-visual archive of New Zealand’s film, video, television and radio heritage.

    We, along with New Zealand On Air, The Alexander Turnbull Library and the National Library of New Zealand, are proud to bring you this collection of short stories from documentary maker, Anna Cottrell.

    Great War Stories; is a beautifully crafted collection of ‘handmade’ profiles.

    Drawing on letters and diaries and memoirs within the National Library and
    Alexander Turnbull Library, Cottrell peels back the veneers of time to create a poignant and timely reflection of New Zealand’s other stories.

    Stories of those who served and died for a cause they often knew nothing about. Stories of the human spirit. And so it’s with much pleasure that we bring these personal stories from the war to end all wars.

    From Samoa in the Pacific, to Gallipoli and France in far off Europe, these are stories that we just didn’t even kno

    Mā te Atua tātou e manaaki, e tiaki, noho ora mai i ou koutou kāinga maha…
    God bless, care and keep you in the safety of your home.

    Please enjoy.

Watch ‘Great War Stories’ featuring Māori and Pasifika stories

E mihi ana ki ā kotou e kaha nei ki te tuari i ō koutou korero.

Grateful thanks to all who helped share their stories.

Thanks to

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Alexander Turnbull Library
National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa
Archives NZ
Ngā Taonga Sounds

Editor — Peter Metcalf, 195 suites
Camera — Ivars Berzins, Barrington West, George Murahidy
Sound — Don Paulin
Post production sounds — Ian Leslie, Underground Sounds
Research — David Giler, Kay Seatter-Dunbar, Roxane Gajadhar
Narrators — Hilary Barry, Mike McRoberts
Music — Jonathan Besser
Graphics — Aditya Maharaj, Vinay Ranchhod, Peter Metcalf
Actor's voices — Apirana Taylor, Dan Henry, Peter Metcalf, Dvid Gentry, Gordon McBride, Jeffrey Thomas, Jerram Watts, Julian O"Brien, Elisha Foon, Hine Parata-Walker, Nevada Halbert, Gannin Ormsby
Producer Director — Anna Cottrell, A C Productions Ltd
Executive Producers — Mark Jennings, Richard Sutherland, Neill Atkinson

NZ On Air — Jane Wrightson, Glenn Usmar, Benedict Reid, Gemma Fulton
Ministry of Culture & Heritage — Neill Atkinson, Jamie MacKay, Jock Phillips, Leanne Tamaki
Alexander Turnbull Library — Chris Szekely

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision — Steve Russell, Diane Pivac

Kateie McFarlane & Wellington College music dep

Roger Moses, Former headmaster Wellington College
Nanaia Manuta MP and whānau
Margaret Pointer, writer
Mele Batty
Frances Baylis
Michael Field, writer
Damon Salesa, Associate Proffessor Pacific Studies
Tupe Lualua, Le Moana
Victor Spencer's whānau
Te Waari, Tahiwi and the Carkeek whānau

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