HISTORIC OTAKI / TANGI AND FUNERAL OF TE RAUPARAHA'S NIECE, HEENI TE REI, OTAKI, NZ
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The New Zealand Moving Picture Co Ltd MAORILAND FILMS Present “ HISTORIC ŌTAKI.”
“Where Tasman’s heaving ocean Rolls its breakers on the strand Or Sleeps in gentle motion On its bed of silver sand.”
“TOWN OF OTAKI - The Home Of Maoriland Films And The Los Angelos Of New Zealand’s Moving Picture Industry.”
“Otaki Maori College.”
Pan shots of an Ōtaki school, grounds, buildings, and the Rangiātea Church; Ōtaki Māori College and several shots of the sanatorium.
TANGI AND FUNERAL OF TE RAUPARAHA’S NIECE HEENI TE REI.
The Hon. Dr. Maui Pomare is one of a large number of manuhiri, who converge on Kāingarakiraki to attend the tangihanga of Heeni Te Rei. Kuia and whānau sit with the tūpāpaku in the tent throughout the tangi. Various kaumātua deliver their whaikōrero and there are brief shots of kākāhu and whāriki on display. Later, the tūpāpaku is taken by a horse-drawn glass hearse from the marae. A brass band leads the procession along the main street of Ōtaki, to the urupā at the rear of the Rangiātea Church, where she is laid to rest.
There is much amusement and clowning around for the camera during preparations for the hākari. A group of young Māori girls perform the canoe poi, to the accompaniment of the banjo and violin - Hēnare Tahiwi and Ellen Cook.
Reference number F6557
Collection Film and Video Collection
Media type Moving Image
Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA
Production company NZ MOVING PICTURE COMPANY , maoriland films
Taonga Māori Collection Yes
Photography: Charles Frederick Newham