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Whale Rider (9-Sep-2002)

Director: Niki Caro

Writer: Niki Caro

From novel: The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

Music: Lisa Gerrard

Producers: Tim Sanders; John Barnett; Frank Hübner

Keywords: Outdoor Adventure, Coming of Age, Whales

A young Maori woman aspires to buck generations of tradition to become her New Zealand tribe's first female chief.

Pai is an eleven-year old Maori girl in New Zealand's Whangara tribe who harbors a notion that she is destined to carry on the torch of their fabled common ancestor, Paikea, by becoming their next chief. Tradition does not agree with young Pai's belief, as it dictates that every chief must be a man in keeping with their patriarchal structure. Whale Rider follows the precocious and determined Pai as she strives to convince grandfather Koro to buck age-old tradition and anoint her as their next leader.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Keisha Castle-Hughes
24-Mar-1990   Whale Rider
Cliff Curtis
27-Jul-1968   Whale Rider


Keisha Castle-Hughes   ...   Paikea
Rawiri Paratene   ...   Koro
Vicky Haughton   ...   Nanny Flowers
Cliff Curtis   ...   Porourangi
Grant Roa   ...   Uncle Rawiri
Mana Taumaunu   ...   Hemi
Rachel House   ...   Shilo
Taungaroa Emile   ...   Willie
Tammy Davis   ...   Dog
Mabel Wharekawa-Burt   ...   Maka
Rawinia Clarke   ...   Miro
Tahei Simpson   ...   Miss Parata
Roimata Taimana   ...   Hemi's Dad
Elizabeth Skeen   ...   Rehua
Tyrone White   ...   Jake
Taupuru Whakataka-Brightwell   ...   Ropata
Tenia McClutchie-Mita   ...   Wiremu
Peter Patuwai   ...   Bubba
Rutene Spooner   ...   Parekura
Riccardo Davis   ...   Maui
Apiata Whangaparita-Apanui   ...   Henare
John Sumner   ...   Obstetrician
Sam Woods   ...   Young Rawiri
Pura Tangira   ...   Ace
Jane O'Kane   ...   Anne
Aumuri Parata-Haua   ...   Baby Paikea


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