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Rain of the Children (2008)

Puhi was chosen at age 12 by the great Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana to marry his son, Whatu, and goes on to have an extraordinary life of hardship and wonder showing her fortitude through life ... See full summary »

Director:

Vincent Ward

Writers:

Vincent Ward, Alison Carter (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harmony Wihapi Harmony Wihapi ... Puhi - 6-8 yrs
Melody Wihapi Melody Wihapi ... Puhi - 10-12 yrs
Mikaira Tawhara Mikaira Tawhara ... Puhi - 12-14 yrs
Miriama Rangi Miriama Rangi ... Puhi - 30-50 yrs
Rena Owen ... Puhi
Hine Boynton Hine Boynton ... Older Puhi
Pine Pine Morehu Pine Pine Morehu ... Older Puhi
Heke Heurea Heke Heurea ... Niki - 4-6 yr old
Hellis Hiroki Hellis Hiroki ... Niki - 8-10 yr old
Papaui Sorenson Papaui Sorenson ... Niki - 8-10 yr old
Tyrone Biddle Tyrone Biddle ... Niki - 12-14 yr old
Ihariara Aranui Ihariara Aranui ... Niki - Teenager
Waihoroi Shortland Waihoroi Shortland ... Older Niki
Vincent Ward ... Vincent Ward / Himself
Toby Morehu Toby Morehu ... Rua - Young Man
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Puhi was chosen at age 12 by the great Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana to marry his son, Whatu, and goes on to have an extraordinary life of hardship and wonder showing her fortitude through life and death struggles, walking between spirit and real world, as she bears and loses all of her thirteen children but one. "Rain of the Children" is a dramatic documentary in which filmmaker Vincent Ward attempts to unravel and recreate the life story of Puhi, who he met in 1978 when she was eighty years old. Written by Red Haircrow

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Some secrets are kept forever...

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English | Maori

Release Date:

25 September 2008 (New Zealand) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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no longer ashame
8 June 2008 | by himarcanddukeSee all my reviews

hello, nanny Puhi was my nanny, and Nikki was my uncle, we lived around the corner at Whakarae from them, after school or if I wanted to get away from Daddy that's where I would be even go for a feed. Po Nikiniki was mad but he was our mad family member, and we didn't call him a mental person, because we would have got a good kick up the ass, and that's saying it mildly. They were people who went around doing their own business, although nanny did all the hard work. She talked to herself, we as children laughed at the two of them, we would even tease them, but we were kids what did we know, I am a qualified Maori mental health support worker who now has a understanding of barriers that prevent unwell people getting better. I have a lot more respect for mentally challenged people. As a child I was so ashamed to call him my uncle and Puhi my nanny.


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