Centuries of Tūhoe wisdom are illuminated by Kararaina Rangihau, youngest daughter of John Rangihau, as a means of truly addressing the impact of institutional racism against Māori.

In 1986 John Te Rangiāniwaniwa Rangihau led a committee that delivered the most damning report of institutional racism New Zealand had ever seen, the Pūao Te Ata Tū, Daybreak Report. Now his daughter, Kararaina, carries on her father’s legacy by sharing his vision for a New Zealand that all future generations can be proud of.


“We want to be a people who grew from this land, and whose ethnic origins are deeply tied into this land, and whose traditions have come from the land.”
John Rangihau


Director: Kararaina Rangihau

Kararaina Rangihau is a dedicated Tūhoe and Te Arawa tribeswoman. She believes the art of filmmaking is an extension of Māori oral traditions. A vehicle for carrying stories that reaffirm who we are and where we come from as tribal peoples. For over 30 years, Kararaina has worked almost exclusively on Māori projects, as a writer, director, actor, cultural assessor, translator and mātauranga Māori advisor. She is unapologetically kaupapa driven, her life purpose is to create uplifting stories that inspire audiences to appreciate the importance of tribal identity.

Producer: Kelly Davis

Kelly Davis is of Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Hei, Ngāti Pikiao and Ngāti Uenukukopako descent. Kelly has spent eighteen years working in Māori media production for Whakaata Māori and independent production companies, giving her extensive knowledge across the sector. She has outstanding people skills and is an experienced human resource manager, and brings her wealth of skills in communications, coordination, logistics, budget management and administration. Kelly has a wide network and strong connections within her whānau, hapū, iwi and the Māori broadcasting sector.