Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Maori Prophets Come to Life In Maori Television Series

Maori Prophets Come to Life In Maori Television Series
The stories of Maori spiritual leaders are explored in THE PROPHETS, a captivating new series to premiere on Maori Television on Tuesday, May 7 at 8.00pm.
Presented by Rev Hirini Kaa (son of the late Dr Hone Kaa) and produced by the award-winning Scottie Douglas Productions, THE PROPHETS uncovers the epic stories of the Maori prophets who rose to prominence in times of great change.
“The tales of individual prophets has been the inspiration for films, novels and history books, but there has never been a comprehensive account for television – until now,” says producer Meg Douglas.
From the time The Bible began to be widely translated into te reo Maori in the 1830s through to the middle of the 20th century, the show chronicles the lives, beliefs and social conditions that saw these messianic figures rise from within Maori communities.
Starting with leaders like Papahurihia, the first prophet to draw on Maori and Christian doctrine, emerging with a new form of traditional Maori spirituality to more well-known prophets (Te Kooti, Te Whiti and Tohu and Ratana), THE PROPHETS unveils an incredible part of our nation’s history.
Over seven episodes, the series personifies the response to colonisation and a spiritual paradigm that is almost unimaginable to conceive of today.
“Some of their narratives are stories of reconciliation and peace, while others are tales soaked in blood,” says Douglas.
One episode profiles Te Kooti Arikirangi, founder of the Ringatu faith, and resistance leader who spent time on the run from colonial forces in the Urewera.
Another prophet, Rua Kenana, seen as the heir of Te Kooti, constructed a village in the heart of the Urewera to house his growing number of followers, and was later arrested as the government became more concerned over his growing influence in New Zealand.
Journeying around the country, THE PROPHETS reveals the true stories of these iconic figures, challenging not only our own perceptions of their lives, beliefs and teachings, but also Rev Kaa’s own spiritual beliefs.
“I found it wasn’t just my sense of history that has been challenged, the experience has transformed me on a personal level. I guess you could say I’ve undergone a bit of spiritual metamorphosis during the making of this series,” says Kaa.
Produced by Meg Douglas, directed by Tainui Stephens and Libby Hakaraia and shot by legendary cinematographer, Leon Narbey, THE PROPHETS is Scottie Productions’ most ambitious project yet.
Tune in to THE PROPHETS on Tuesday, May 7 at 8.00pm on Maori Television.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


John McBeth: On Jonah Lomu

For many New Zealanders, the enormity of Jonah Lomu's reputation will have come as a surprise... His deeds were watched and enthused over by movie stars and musicians, politicians and superstars from other codes. He reached into the lives and homes of millions and mixed with famous people most New Zealanders would only have read about. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news