“A documentary about the anti-Apartheid protests that took place in New Zealand during the 1981 South African [Springbok] rugby tour.” - New Zealand Film Commission; www.nzfilm.co.nz/film/patu; retrieved 29/01/2014.
In 2012 PATU! was inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register.
“The most controversial, and the most contested, event in recent New Zealand history was the 1981 South African rugby tour. Half the country was opposed to the tour, the establishment was determined the tour would go ahead, and the result was a country divided against itself almost to the point of civil war. This incredible documentary shows what happened. The actual filming was both dangerous and difficult and attempts were made to have the negatives confiscated ... [Merata Mita’s] achievement is as impressive technically as it is effective emotionally. A major documentary of our time.” - London Film Festival.
“Many people gave their time, money and equipment to see PATU! completed, and it could never have been done otherwise. I was asked repeatedly if I thought I was the right person to make the film, or why I was making it. The reason I was asked the question was that some people told me they feared that the film would not be accurate because it would have a Maori perspective! The Pākeha bias in all things recorded in Aotearoa was never questioned. The other reason they gave was that my politics extended no further than the Maori and the marae, and was I sure I understood the international ramifications of the tour. Yes, PATU! has a Maori perspective but it does not override the mass mobilisation of New Zealand’s white middle class, neither does it take credit from those who rightly deserve it, everyone who put themselves on the line. My perspective encourages people to look at themselves and examine the ground they stand on, while fighting racial injustice thousands of miles across the sea.” - Merata Mita.