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Directed by Barry Barclay
Produced by John O'Shea
Written by Tama Poata
Starring Wi Kuki Kaa
Cinematography Rory O'Shea
Edited by Dell King
New Zealand Film Commission
Release dates
Running time
92 min.
Country New Zealand New Zealand
Language English

Ngati is a 1987 New Zealand feature film directed by Barry Barclay, written by Tama Poata and produced by John O'Shea.


Ngati is of historical and cultural significance in New Zealand as it is the first feature film written and directed by Māori.[1] Producer John O'Shea, an icon in New Zealand's film industry, was the founder of independent film company Pacific Films.[2] The film is set in 1948 in a small town on the east coast of New Zealand during the impending closure of a freezing works and the threat of unemployment for the local community. Ngati was screened as part of Cannes' Critics Week.


In a remote seaside village, an Australian doctor becomes involved in public and personal crises.[3]


The film features veteran stage and screen actor Wi Kuki Kaa in the lead role of 'Iwi.'


  • Best Film, Taormina Film Festival, Italy
  • Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Male Actor (Wi Kuki Kaa): 1988 New Zealand Listener Film & Television Awards


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