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“A documentary about MAMA TERE, who ran away from home at age 11, and [worked] as a transgender prostitute on the streets of Auckland. Now 43, she tells of how she turned her life around.” - The NZ Listener

Mama Tere talks of growing up in an overcrowded 3-bedroom house in Otara and tells of her life as victim of child abuse, her life on the streets, and her eventual formation of social service organisation Te Aronga Hou Inaianei (Takataapui ā Iwi Whānau Tautoko) which works with sex workers and street kids. The organisation attempts to provide employment choices away from prostitution.

She also talks of the bullying and physical abuse suffered at the boys’ home in Mt Roskill. Mama Tere tells of how Māori culture helped her to get through grief.

Teremoananuiakiwa Strickland Tahere (Charlie Tahere-Strickland), Director Te Aronga Hou Inaianei (Taitokerau, Kuki Airani)
Nooare Ropata (Taitokerau, Kuki Airani)
Ngaitemotu Ruth Tahere (Kuki Airani)
Moana Herewini (Maniapoto ki Tamaki)
Aunty Ra Heta, Co-Director, Te Aronga Hou Inaianei
James Papali’i, Social Work Lecturer (Te Moananui a Kiwa)
Tariana Turia, Mema Paremata Te Tai Hauauru (Ngāti Apa, Te Ati Haunui ā Pāpārangi, Tūwharetoa)
John Carter, Mema Paremata Nahinara
Kiwa Brown, Takatāpui,
Ana Pihopa, Takatāpui
Greg Beaton, Director Total Look Blinds

People appearing on the programme:
Baby Tommy (Taitokerau, Kuki Airani), Carmen Rupe (Ngāti Maniapoto), Ocean (Mahi Kairau), Abula (Kairau),

Places Appearing on the programme:
Auckland, Wesleydale Home For Boys, Karangahape Road, Mt Eden Prison, Kingseat Mental Hospital, Taupiri Maunga, South Auckland, Hunters Corner,

Names Mentioned:
People: Mata Tahere (Taitokerau, Kuki Airani),
Places: Mt Roskill, Queen Street, Mayoral Drive, Ōtāhuhu

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Year 2004

Reference number F85004

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Series Documentary New Zealand

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Television

Duration 1:00:00

Production company Showdown Productions

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Credits Director: Paula Jones