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Black Power members Dominick Kaiwhata and Pomare Mason were driving an old MK3 to Taneatua after a drinking spree. Their car broke down near Phillip Mason’s drive. Dominick Kaiwhata remained by the car while Pomare Mason went for help. When seeing keys in the ignition of a truck parked on Mason’s drive, Pomare decided to take the truck to tow their vehicle. This act led to the fatal shooting of Dominick Kaiwhata and the attempted shooting of Pomare Mason by Phillip Mason.

Television and news media portrayed Kaiwhata and Mason as wrong-doers. Phillip Mason was acquitted by the justice system and found not guilty of these crimes. Three years on people are still trying to come to terms with the verdict and the Whakatane Maori Community, determined to reel from the white backlash, organised themselves to fight back.

This film focuses on that story and their determination to fight a legal system which failed to deliver justice.

Interviewed: Tom Williams, Maire Williams (Te Roopu Awhina), Koro Aukaha (Kaumatua), Haare Reneti (Kaumatua).

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Year 1993

Reference number F28001

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 0:57:37

Production company Awatea Films

Viewing locations Digital file available to view at medialibrary, Wellington

Credits Producer: Merata Mita
Director: Merata Mita
Camera: Barry Harbert
Camera: Chris White
Camera: Marie Gunn
Assistant: Fred Renata
Sound: Dick Reade
Sound: Pita Turei
Editor: Annie Collins
Assistant: Emma Walters
Assistant: Samuel Williams
Music: Dean Hapeta
“Against The Flow” Performed: Upper Hutt Posse
Sound Mix: Chris Burt
Graphics: Rongotai Lomas
Negative Matching: Julian Scott
Kia Ora Koutou: Owen Kaiwhata
Kia Ora Koutou: Family
Kia Ora Koutou: Gerad Y Merenia
Kia Ora Koutou: Puawairua Marae
Kia Ora Koutou: Taiwhakaea Marae
Kia Ora Koutou: Te Roopu Awhina
Kia Ora Koutou: Black Power
Kia Ora Koutou: Atlab
Kia Ora Koutou: Avalon NFU Studios