Tearepa Kahi has written and directed documentaries, award- winning shorts, and the film Mt Zion, starring Stan Walker — the most successful NZ local cinema release of 2012. He has since directed two feature-length music documentaries: acclaimed, Moa-nominated Poi E: The Story of Our Song in 2016, and Herbs – Songs of Freedom in 2019. Other directing credits include: Taua – War Party and The Speaker. His career in the arts started as a teen actor living in Christchurch including a two-year stint in Jim Moriarty’s theatre troupe. At Auckland University, he studied History and Māori and acted in Te reo film The Māori Merchant of Venice (2002) where he met his future wife.




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Inspired by actual events, Muru is the story of a local Police Sergeant ‘Taffy’ Tāwharau (Cliff Curtis), who must choose between his badge and his…

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