It is the 1960s. Two Maori families, the Mahanas and the Poatas, make a living shearing sheep on the east coast of New Zealand. The two clans, who are bitter enemies, face each other as rivals at the annual sheep shearing competitions. Simeon is a 14-year-old scion of the Mahana clan. A courageous schoolboy, he rebels against his authoritarian grandfather Tamihana and his traditional ways of thinking and begins to unravel the reasons for the long-standing feud between the two families. Before long, the hierarchies and established structures of the community are in disarray because Tamihana, who is as stubborn as he is proud, is not prepared to acquiesce and pursue new paths.

  1. Lee Tamahori


  2. Witi Ihimaera


  3. John Collee


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  1. Temuera Morrison

    Temuera Morrison

    Grandfather Tamihana Mahana

  2. Akuhata Keefe

    Akuhata Keefe

    Simeon Mahana

  3. Nancy Brunning

    Nancy Brunning

    Ramona Mahana

  4. Jim Moriarty

    Jim Moriarty

    Rupeni Poata

  5. Regan Taylor

    Regan Taylor

    Joshua Mahana

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  • February 13, 2016


    Suitable for (but not restricted to) mature audiences 16 years and up.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 43m

Budget -

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