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The Waimate Conspiracy (2006)

A recently discovered cannonball is all the Maori locals need, to confirm their long-held belief that they were forcibly removed from their tribal lands, in a bloody 1866 battle. The hotly contested claim ends up in the District Court.

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Stefen Harris

Writer:

Stefen Harris (as Stefen Lewis)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Janice Gray Janice Gray ... Delia McMillan
Mark Hadlow ... Mr. Glue QC
David McPhail David McPhail ... Judge Henry
Jim Moriarty Jim Moriarty ... George Kepa
Helen Pearse Otene Helen Pearse Otene ... Xena Kepa
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A recently discovered cannonball is all the Maori locals need, to confirm their long-held belief that they were forcibly removed from their tribal lands, in a bloody 1866 battle. The hotly contested claim ends up in the District Court.

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A town divided by history. The time has come to settle a 139-year-old land claim.

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Drama

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2006 (New Zealand) See more »

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Budget:

NZD200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Dark Horse Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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16 February 2009 | by stef-145See all my reviews

This is a warm and engaging story underpinned by a serious political message. Based on the director's novel The Waikikamukau Conspiracy. The film tells the story of a Maori land claim that is rejected by the courts leaving George Kepa to find an alternative way to have the truth heard. Shot in a documentary style with world class acting and a story that just carries you along to the end. The film went on to win the Best film award at Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2006. Best Film at Brisbane DigiSPAA Screen Producers of Australia Film Fstival 2006. Best feature film at Dreamspeakers International Aboriginal Film Festival 2007. And the Air New Zealand Screen Award for best Digital film 2007.

Director Stefen Lewis is also known as Stefen Harris.


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