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Awarua (The Passage)

This is the story of the Māori long voyaging canoes. It is the story of mutiny, revenge and redemption. But mostly it is the story of enduring love.

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We are brought aboard The Mako; she is a beautifully carved waka ama. The Mako is fast, with the kaihoe (20 men) at the paddles, and her sail up she flies across the water. She is like a huge creature, dark and mysterious. Onboard is Te Huka (13yrs), the sharp-eyed pathfinder. Keeping the beat amidships is Whiro. He is vicious, formidable. On the deck near the back are two women. La'akea is beautiful Polynesian princess, and Te Huka's betrothed. Next to La'akea is Te Huka's mother, Kearoa. And at Kearoa's feet is her little dog Moi. Finally at the steering paddle is Te Huka's father, Toto. He is the iho (captain) of the Mako.

Within sight of home, Whiro and the kaihoe rise up in Mutiny. His parents are slaughtered, and La'akea is taken. Te Huka is marooned on the rugged West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. This is the story of his journey from boy to man, the friends he makes, and the battles he fights on the way back to Rotorua, to face the man who took everything from him, everything but the wind.

Submitted: August 18, 2021
Last Updated: September 14, 2021

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The Writer: michael browne

I am a screenwriter, however I have always earned a living on the tools. I completed an apprenticeship an as upholsterer with Avondale Upholstery (Christchurch NZ) in in 1984. Immediately, I moved to Australia to become a professional surfer. This did not quite work out, so I returned to the trade that would stand me in good stead for many years. However, I have always invented stories, even as a child. So I went to Los Angeles to study screenwriting under famed Hollywood screenwriting guru Robert McKee. This was a revelation - indeed on my return to The Gold Coast I completed my first screenplay Mana Tapu. Not long after that I completed my second feature BIRD. After the separation from my... Go to bio

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