Topic: Tūhoe

'The Price of Peace' to debut at New Zealand International Film Festival

  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

The world premiere of documentary, The Price of Peace, will take place as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival this month.

The film outlines the story of 170 years of an intensely troubled relationship between the Crown and Ngāi Tūhoe, through the eyes of Tame Iti and his family.

Tame Iti was accused of running military style training camps in the Ruatoki and Urewera region.

'The Price of Peace’ depicts how Iti’s life changed forever on October 15, 2007. In the dead of night, heavily armed police in military style uniform raided his home and the homes of many others in what became known as the infamous “terror raids.”

For the next six years he fought to clear his name and the name of his Tūhoe people.   The film follows Iti through the Court system, through his jail sentence, and is with him on his return home.

The film places the “terror raids” and subsequent events in the context of history, from the confiscations and scorched earth raids of the 1860s right up to the signing of the historic Deed of Settlement in 2013 and the Crown’s formal apology in 2014.

‘The Price of Peace’ is directed by Kim Webby and made in association with New Zealand On Air and Māori Television with funding assistance from Te Kotahi a Tūhoe and the New Zealand Film Commission.

It will screen in Auckland on Sunday 19 July 1:00pm and Wednesday 22 July 1:45pm Sky City Theatre. It will then screen in Wellington on Tuesday 4 August 6:15pm and Wednesday 5 August 1:30pm Soundings Theatre Te Papa.