Prime time for chart-topping Maori melody

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 19/08/2014
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ANDY JACKSON
Patea Maori Club

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A documentary about one of New Zealand's most recognisable tunes is in the pipeline.

A two-hour long feature about the hit song Poi E is set to screen on Maori Television next year and will focus on Dalvanius Prime and the role he played in the development of the melody.

Patea Maori club secretary Patricia Ngarewa said the Auckland-based producers were in the early stages of developing the project and will use some of the club's own footage and archival material as part of their research.

She said some club members were interviewed last week by the production crew.

"It will be exciting to see what's going to happen," she said.

She said residents of the town may also be involved in the project as it developed in the coming months.

"It's going to be really good for Patea," she said.

This year marks a milestone for the song which celebrated its 30th anniversary after first topping the charts in 1984.

Chairwoman Waimarie Cassidy said the club was also "thankful" for the renewed attention the song received after the movie Boy was released in 2010.

She said there was a real "buzz" among the group after they heard about the programme being made.

"I think this will go off really big," Cassidy said.

A NZ on Air grant of $189,000 has been provided to Jawbone Pictures to produce the documentary.

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