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The Prophets

  • On demand
  • Te Reo:Intermediate

Currently off air.

The Māori prophets are an incredible part of our nation's history. The Prophets is a fascinating seven-part series presented by Anglican Priest and historian, Reverend Hirini Kaa.

From the time the Bible began to be widely translated into te reo Māori in the 1830s through to the middle of the 20th century, the show chronicles the lives, beliefs and social conditions that saw these messianic figures rise from within Māori communities.

Starting with leaders like Papahurihia, the first prophet to draw on Māori and Christian doctrine, emerging with a new form of traditional Māori spirituality to more well-known prophets (Te Kooti, Te Whiti and Tohu and Ratana), The Prophets unveils an incredible part of our nation’s history.

On demand Recent videos

The Prophets, Series 1 Episode 6

From politics to religion TW Ratana reshaped the way we live and the religion he formed retains its status as the most influential spiritual movement among Māori. We get to the heart of his spiritual work and the faith he created.

The Prophets, Series 1 Episode 5

Seen as the heir to Te Kooti Arikirangi, Rua Kenana constructed a village in the heart of the Urewera to house his growing number of followers, and was arrested as the government became concerned over his growing influence.

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