52 x 26 mins
Award winning series Whare Taonga takes the viewer on a journey to discover some of Aotearoa’s (New Zealand’s) oldest wharenui (traditional Māori meeting houses). These iconic structures hold histories of great meaning for the different iwi (tribes), hapū (sub-tribes) and whānau (families) from around Aotearoa.
These wharenui are not only physical structures, but are vessels for stories, histories and knowledge that will be passed on to future generations.
As told by elected haukainga (home people) representatives from each region, the intimate accounts provide a captivating insight into the unique background of each whare, the local histories and the tupuna (ancestors) from the area. All essential elements synonymous with the identity of the different iwi (tribes).
Whare Taonga is a beautifully crafted, 100 percent te reo Māori (Māori language) documentary series dedicated to these significant buildings.