Events 2012

Lines in the Sand - documentary screening and panel discussion

25 June 2012 - 7 pm

In 1999, Hinewehi Mohi sang the national anthem in Te Reo Maori at an All Blacks game during the Rugby World Cup. It caused a controversy among some New Zealanders who thought the anthem should be sung in English. Just over 10 years on, this debate seems out of place. Now we happily sing the national anthem in Te Reo or in Te Reo and English, and children routinely learn it in Te Reo at school. 

Hinewehi made a documentary Lines in the Sand which looked not only at her painful personal experience, but the experience of other people who had crossed a cultural line. This moving documentary was shown on Maori Television in 2010. 

Hinewihi wrote: "I want to make sense of what it means to test majority opinion and the dynamics of how society changes its views. In this documentary I look at similar challenges made by other New Zealanders and how they’ve influenced attitudes in this country."

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about 'lines in the sand', addressing the question of how far New Zealand has come since 1999 and whether there are the new cultural lines in the sand that we don't like to talk about.

Panelists include:

Hinewehi Mohi - singer and broadcaster

Carol Archie - broadcaster and author of Skin to Skin

Te Awhina Arahanga - MKWC writer in residence, social historian and museum intepreter

Rau Hoskins - cultural landscape consultant and lecturer

Naida Glavish - advisor for the Auckland District Health Board, whohas an extensive career in Maori education and health, and who caused a stir when she greeted callers with "kia ora" when she worked for Telecom in the 1980s

John Retimana - Ngati Whatua, a Devonport kaumatua

David Slack - Devonport writer, MC

This free event is organised by the Michael King Writers' Centre to mark Matariki and has been funded by the Auckland Council’s Creative Communities Scheme. 

When: Monday June 25, 7 pm

Where: The Victoria Theatre, Devonport, Auckland

Admission: Free

Tickets available from the Michael King Writers' Centre or The Victoria Theatre