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PIXiPIC • 2 years ago

It was hard to choose one photo to open this chapter, but in the end I selected this one of Jachin. When I look at this photo I see the strong kid that he is, physically, mentally and emotionally, blessing his ancestral land. But he’s also holding the weight of the story of his People on his shoulders through this project, of which he’s a pioneer, and I can’t thank him and his friends enough for taking a part in this.

 

Jachin’s very quiet and humble, a trait you often see in Māoris, and which is encouraged. But he’s also the deputy head-boy of his high school Rutherford College, an esteemed and earned position of honour but which demands a lot of responsibility and hard work. He’s soon to become an adult, with dreams, aspirations and goals which he’s contuniously working towards, and I hope to do justice by him, his friends and People through their story as told here.

 

I want to acknowlege with countless thanks the Rutherford College Te Kotuku Kapa Haka (kapa haka performance group) staff: Jeff Ruha, my first point of contact, 2013 People’s Choice Award for Best Performer at Te Matatini (top Kapa Haka dancer in Australia and New Zealand) and choreographer for the 2014 New Zealand Te Reo Māori action film The Dead Lands directed by Toa Fraser.

 

Wiremu Paniora for some of the stunning traditional garments he has made by hand with his mother, and award-winning Kiwi costume designer Barbara Darragh who graciously permitted me to revive her garments from the film for this project. It is no secret that a small army of people has worked a miracle to create the beautiful garments that you will see, and I want to acknowledge all their efforts and the entire team behind The Dead Lands for putting together such a stunning production, which I recommend everyone to see.

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