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    Whale Rider Movie

    13 Aug, 2023

    Come and enjoy this New Zealand movie from Witi Ihimaera's 1987 novel The Whale Rider.

    In a small New Zealand coastal village, Māori claim descent from Paikea, the Whale Rider. In every generation, a male heir has succeeded to the chiefly title. When twins are born and the boy twin dies, Koro, the chief is unable to accept his grand-daughter Pai as a future leader.

    Koro is convinced that the tribe’s misfortunes began at Pai’s birth and calls for his people to bring their sons to him, sure a new leader will be revealed. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfil her destiny.

    When whales become stranded on the beach, Koro is sure this signals an apocalyptic end to his tribe. Until one person prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the people. The Whale Rider.

    A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young girl fights to fulfil her destiny, Whale Rider is directed by Niki Caro who adapted it for the screen from the novel by award winning New Zealand writer Witi Ihimaera.

    Please note this 2002 movie is rated PG13.

    This event is in partnership with Waikato Museum.


    13 Aug, 2023
    3.00pm - 4.45pm


    Waikato Museum
    1 Grantham St
    Hamilton Central

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