Story: Māori theatre – te whare tapere hōu

Te tangata whai rawa o Weneti, 2001

In the movie version of Te tangata whai rawa o Weneti​, a Māori-language translation of Shakespeare's The merchant of Venice, Portia (played by Ngarimu Daniels) and her maidservant Nerissa (Veeshayne Armstrong) make plans to select a husband for Portia. The play was translated in 1945, first performed on stage in 1985, and released in a cinema version in 2001. Both the stage and screen versions were directed by Don Selwyn.

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New Zealand Film Archive Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua
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Mark Derby and Briar Grace-Smith, 'Māori theatre – te whare tapere hōu - First Māori theatre companies, 1970–1990', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/43336/te-tangata-whai-rawa-o-weneti-2001 (accessed 26 April 2017)

Story by Mark Derby and Briar Grace-Smith, published 22 Oct 2014