I whakatūwhera ōkawatia te kiriata nō Aotearoa a Mahana i Tūranga Nui a Kiwa. I whakahōnoretia a Lee Tamahori rātou ko Witi Ihimaera, ko Akuhata Keefe kātoa nō te Tairāwhiti o te hau kāinga.
Nā te maha o ngā motokā o nehe i aukati ai ngā tiriti o Tūranga kia rāhiritia mai ētahi o ngā tama o te Tairāwhiti.
Hei tā te kaiwhakaari matua a Akuhata Keefe, “Getting in front of the red carpet I was almost in tears cos all my friends were in the lines and all the boys doing mau rākau and I just felt like grabbing a taiaha and spinning it around with them.”
E ai ki tana māma, a Pele Takurua, “I waimarie a Akuhata ki te mahi whakaari i te taha o ngā iho pūmanawa i te whakaari a Temuera Morrison.”
He uaua te mahi whakaari i te kiriata nui pēnei mo te wā tuatahi, engari mō Keefe, he 15 ōna tau, i te wā i hanga ai te kiriata, kua ngaro atu ōna kuia i te tirohanga kanohi.
“It was quite hard for me for the first day because yeah I was filming and then it happened but I just moved on and it was really hard for me and it's still hard now,” hei tā Keefe.
Heoi he kaupapa motuhake tēnei ma Keefe i tana hikaka kia whai waahi atu ia ki te haka me ōna hoa nō te kura o Uawa.
“He mea whakahirahira mō tātou te rongo i tae ia i roto i tēnei kiriata,” hei tā Hinemoana Pardoe-Crawford.
“Kei te hikaka tonu mātou katoa ki te kite i aia i runga i te kiriata i roto nei,” hei tā Kahurangi Delamere.
“I first met him in Year 11 and he was one of the first people at Tolaga to be my friend and he just always had a happy personality always a bubbly person to be around and always able to have a laugh with him,” hei tā Nikita Brown-Garrett.
He mahi nui kei mua i te whare pikitia o Odean hei ngā wiki e rua e hāere ake nei i te whakatūwheratanga ōkawa o te kiriata nei.
E ai ki a David Hall te Kaihautū Odeon Theatre, “Normally we're contracted for any of the big films around 1200 seats a day this one because basically of Witi Tem and Lee and Augs we're going to have over 2000 seats a day,”
Mai i te pō nei ka pāpāhō tēnei kiriata i ngā whare pikitia rima tekau neke atu puta noa i te motu.