Mahana aka: The Patriarch - 2016

The Patriarch Ltd. - 98 min.

DVD UPC/EAN #9321337168333(AU/NZ); 4009750248362(DE)

Principal Cast: Temuera Morrison, Akuhata (Augs) Keefe, Nancy Brunning, Jim Moriarty, Regan Taylor, Maria Walker, Sienna MacKinlay, Te Kohe Tuhaka.
Crew: Screenplay: John Collee from the Witi Ihimaera novel, 'Bulibasha: King of the Gypsies'; Director of Photography: Ginny Loane; Editor: Michael Horton, Jonathan Woodford-Robinson; Production Designer: Mark Robins; Costume Designer: Liz McGregor; Makeup Designer: Susan Glass; Composers: Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper, Tama Waipara; Producers: Robin Scholes, Janine Dickins; Director: Lee Tamahori.

It is the 1960's on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island. Two Maori sheep-shearing families - the Mahanas and the Poatas - are sworn enemies and commercial rivals. 14 year-old Simeon Mahana, the youngest son, seeks allies against his traditionalist grandfather, Tamihana. As Simeon unravels the truth behind the longstanding family vendetta, he risks not just his own future prospects, but the cohesion of the entire tight-knit society. High production values with an excellent score, photography and acting. Although the DVD has an English subtitle option, it does not when Maori is spoken and Maori is spoken a good deal. Of course, this means that those of us who are not proficient in Maori miss some of the nuances. I should add that there are Maori subtitles, when Maori is spoken. That negative aside, I definitely recommend this view into rural Maori family life of the '60s.

Censor Rating: M - Review Rating: B+

Mahana trailer
Official MP4 Trailer


Starting 13 July 2016, a PAL R4 DVD can be purchased from New Zealand and Australian sources for about $35nz or $30au. It is presented in a 2.39:1 format, 16x9 enhanced, with a DD Surround 5.1 English language track. There are optional English subtitles for the feature. The only extras are nine shorts, presented 2.39:1 with DD 2.0 spoken English track, but no subtitles; they are: 'Postcard to the '50s' (2:15), 'The Car Race' (2:02), 'The Mahana Family' (2:04), 'Two Families' (2:07), 'Women of the Era' (2:21), 'A Day's Work' (1:47), 'Dressing for the Occassion' (1:49), 'Nga Kaitiaki' (4:03), 'Witi's Life' (2:48).

Starting 12 January 2017, the DVD is available from German sources. It has both spoken English and German tracks as well as optional English and German subtitles. As of 08 December 2016, there is no information about any releases in other markets.

Aro Video of Wellington has rental copies available for New Zealand addresses

Mighty Ape of Australia

Mighty Ape of Auckland

Marbecks of Auckland


iTunes NZ purchase or Rent - SD & HD

iTunes AU purchase - SD & HD

iTunes DE purchase - SD & HD

Amazon DE purchase or rent - SD & HD

Microsoft AU - Buy or Rent - SD & HD

Microsoft NZ - Buy or Rent - SD & HD

Google Play AU Rental or Purchase

Google DE Rental or Purchase

WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog - Click to find the nearest Library that has this title.


No known soundtrack cd of this title as of 28 May 2016.

MP3 clip from this title's soundtrack

SOUNDTRACKS VAULT - Link to MP3 samples of all titles


Sarah Watt Review at

Graeme Tuckett Review at

Reviews at

Peter Calder Review at

Kate Rodger video review at

David Rooney Review in the hollywood reporter

Peter Debruge Review at

The Peoples Reviews at

Paul Casserly's Review at

Jarred Tito Review at

Henry Barnes Review at

Darren's World of Entertainment DVD Review


VIDEO VAULT - Links to trailers and clips for all titles.

NZ On Screen Videos & Comments

'Mahana: The NZ Story that brought Lee Tamahori Home

Nancy Brunning proving Maori more than just Warriors

A Crash Course in NZ Film Financing with ‘Mahana’ Producer Robin Scholes

Flicks Interview: How the Hell Did ‘Mahana’ Get an Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter?

The New Zealand Box Office Million Dollar Movie List

Official Facebook Page

Information at IMDB

Internet Movie Poster Awards


2016 - New Zealand Cinematographers Society - Ginny Loane

2017 - New Zealand Film Awards - Best Editing - Michael Horton, Jonathan Woodford-Robinson

2017 - Cinema of the Antipodes - Best Actress - Nancy Brunning & Best Actors (tie) - Temuera Morrison and Akuhata Keefe

NZVideos Logo

Comments, suggestions or questions are welcomed at, but delete the nospam portion before sending