Lee Tamahori, Temuera Morrison unite for Mahana

Mahana will hit cinemas on March 3 2016.

Mahana will hit cinemas on March 3 2016.

With and all-star cast and a legendary director, Kiwi film Mahana isn't short on starpower.

The film, directed by Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors, Die Another Day) and starring Temuera Morrison, tells the story of two Maori sheep-shearing families on the East Coast in the 1960s. 

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Like an East Coast version of Romeo and Juliet, the film introduces the Mahana and the Poata families, longstanding rivals entrenched in a bitter feud.

Actor Akuhata Keefe plays 14-year-old Simeon Mahana, a teenager grappling with his staunch and traditionalist grandfather, Tamihana (Temuera Morrison). 

As family ties begin to unravel, Simeon reveals the truth behind conflict buried deep within his community.

Based on a novel by Witi Ihimaera (Whale Rider), with a screenplay by Master and Commander writer John Collee, and produced and directed by Once Were Warriors' Tamahori,  Mahana boasts an impressive bloodstock. 

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Lee Tamahori is back with Mahana

You can decide if Mahana's lineage is robust enough on March 3, 2016, when it's released around New Zealand. 

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