Uenukukōpako: Whānau Episode 1
“The Māori language is important to me, but Māori traditions and the Māori way of life. That’s my world.”
Uenukukōpako has a strong connection with his ūkaipo, Harataunga - the idyllic Kennedy Bay on the beautiful Coromandel peninsula. He shares what it’s like to grow up in a small, rural Māori community.
This episode is part of “Whānau” (2021) - the latest installment in a very special documentary series following the lives of whānau who had babies in 2000.
We’ve revisited them every seven years and in this update, three of the ‘babies’ invite us back into their lives and to their 21st birthday celebrations. They reflect on their upbringings and what it’s like to be Māori in the 21st century.
“Māori just are funny because we are Māori and it’s built into our culture already.”
“There was a goat that was president.”
“Kapa haka is a way for us to identify who we are and where we come from.”