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The son of influential filmmaker Merata Mita says he found out about his mother’s abortion while conducting research on a film he's made about her. She was a film pioneer, a trail-blazer who helped shape Māori cinema. I was shocked to hear of his sudden passing of such a young man and father.Maumahara te ora o Eruera. Published in The New Zealand Herald on Dec. 12, 2016. Looking for an obituary for a different person with this name? There was an error sending your email. “It’s a funny thing about making this movie because my relationship with her is that I’m the pōtiki of my whanau. This and other experiences inform her activism on behalf of prisoners. My apologies for not being able to attend the tangi.Arohanui ki te whanau, maumahara te ora o Eruera. Suddenly taken on Friday 9th of December 2016 in Whakatane, Eruera (Bob) Kawhia Tuhura Mita, son of Merata Mita (Ngati Pikiao) and Mahuta Mahue Tuhura (Ngati Porou). ... She was eligible for three days’ leave to attend the tangi, got 12 hours, had 10 minutes with her son before the lid was put on his coffin and had four hours with whanau. (That was Mauri, in 1988.) MITA, Eruera. "Arohanui ki te whanau o Eruera Mita. She was a film pioneer, a trail-blazer who helped shape Māori cinema. That was a hell of a way to make an appearance. December 29, 2016 | Tauranga Moana, BAY OF PLENTY, Arohanui ki te whanau o Eruera Mita. Please try again. I’ve always been the baby. Father to Rapanui, Wahia, Te Rongopai,... Get email updates about Eruera MITA delivered directly to your inbox. He was living and working as a journalist in the US when he got the news, in 2010, that his mother had died … Give others a chance to express condolences. By the time I was born, mum had already made a lot of her work.". I worked at Awanuiarangi while Eruera trained as a Kaiako. and Mauri. The 32-year-old spent much of his childhood growing up in Hollywood with Mita and his father, director Geoff Murphy. ", "It raised a lot of questions, but in the end it made me respect her even more for making that stand.”. My thoughts and love to the whanau.
At that time, Mita, who hails from Ngāti Pikiao and Ngāi Te Rangi, had established herself as a prominent NZ filmmaker following the critical success of her films Patu! “It’s a funny thing about making this movie because my relationship with her is that I’m the pōtiki of my whanau. “The most emotional piece of footage I found was my mum in 1977 talking about her own experience with abortion," he says, "That’s the very first recording there is of my mother, her start in the industry. Trailblazing film-maker Merata Mita collapsed and died yesterday while at Maori Television to discuss a documentary. But to her son Hepi she was a loving mother. The film will premiere next month as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival. Sign up now for the latest news from around the Motu & Te Ao Māori direct to your inbox, © 2020 Copyright Māori Television - All rights reserved | Terms of Access, Gucci's fashion faux pas imitating ‘Devast8' tattoo, From cleaning out 'spew buckets' to running the show, New waiata reflecting Haapu's Māori and Tahitian heritage, Māori Television announces Shane Taurima as new CEO, Maiava: using music to help rangatahi battling depression. I have had the privilege to work and know Mereta and Richard. Inform family & friends of Eruera's passing. But to her son Hepi she was a loving mother. Suddenly taken on Friday 9th of December 2016 in Whakatane, Eruera (Bob) Kawhia Tuhura Mita, son of Merata Mita (Ngati Pikiao) and Mahuta Mahue Tuhura (Ngati Porou). Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen’ tells the story of Mita through the eyes of her tamariki. Add the email addresses of friends or family members you'd like to notify about this obituary. "Kahore hoki te tangata e mohio ki te wa mona." Hepi Mita was only a baby when his mother, Merata Mita, became the first Māori woman, and the first indigenous woman in the world, to write and direct a feature film. Friends say her loss is a huge blow to the industry. Merata Mita died in 2010, three weeks short of her 68th birthday.
"Kahore hoki te tangata e mohio ki te wa mona." I worked at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi while Eruera trained as a teacher. My thoughts and love to the whanau during this sad time and may the memories of Eruera bring a smile to your hearts.Na Bruce George. May the memories of Eruera live long and put a smile in your hearts.Na Bruce George, Kia orana te whanau o ErueraI'm shocked to hear the news of the sudden passing of Eruera. Expert advice: what to do and say when someone dies. Loving partner of Hera Wirepa. I had the privellige...", "Kia orana te whanau o Eruera I'm shocked to hear the news...". I had the privellige of working and knowing Mereta and Richard through Don Selwyn.
Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen’ tells the story of Mita through the eyes of her tamariki. Heperi Mita spent five years looking through archival footage and interviewing his five siblings about his mother who passed away in 2010. Suddenly taken on Friday 9th of December 2016 in Whakatane, Eruera (Bob) Kawhia Tuhura Mita, …
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