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Library: New Zealand-bound travelers should watch “Whale Rider” before departing

May 1st, 2013

Robert Smith, the Wolfpack Abroad marketing intern, writes:

Anyone traveling to New Zealand on an AUIP program or interested in the native people known as the Maori should take the time to watch the film “Whale Rider.” Set in modern day New Zealand, the film displays some of the beautiful scenery and locations of New Zealand’s North Island, and it has a very interesting and inspiring story that most viewers may enjoy.     Image

“Whale Rider” is a story of a young girl who dreams of one day becoming the leader of her people. The main character is a little girl named Pai, who lives with and is being raised by her loving grandparents.

Pai’s grandfather Koro, the current chief, feels that only a male has that right to take the position of chief. The grandfather gathers a group of young boys from the village to teach them the important lessons that a Maori leader should attain. Pai also takes up the challenge of learning these lessons, despite going against her grandfather’s wishes.

Written and directed by Niki Caro and inspired by a novel by Witi Ihimaera, the film takes you through the daily routine that Pai faces, including the hardships she undertakes to prove herself worthy as a leader. Through all her efforts and with help from loved ones along the way, Pai dares to dream and live through and for her people.

Happy viewing!

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