Story: Ngā mahi tika

Tūrangawaewae

In this 2003 short film, Turangawaewae, Wi Kuki Kaa plays a traumatised Vietnam veteran. His family's solution to his distress is to return him to his ancestral marae. A community of origin, traditionally based around a marae, is known in Māori as a tūrangawaewae – the place to which a member of that community has the right to return. 

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Mark Derby, 'Ngā mahi tika - Kinship, families and marae', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/41182/turangawaewae (accessed 7 August 2020)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013