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Written by Northern News   
Friday, 21 March 2008

CHEQUERED HISTORY: Tranquil Lake Omapere is the subject of a documentary screening on Maori Television.

A documentary about the ruin and restoration of Lake Omapere screens on TV for the first time.

'Restoring the Mauri of Lake Omapere' starts at 8.30pm on Maori Television, tonight.

The feature-length film, produced by Maringi Noa O Te Manawa Trust in association with Maori Television and Te Mangai Paho, traces the lake’s history from pre-colonial times, when it fed thousands of Ngapuhi, to its present polluted state.

The film took three years to make and includes a centuries-old warning from tribal elders that the settler government ignored, say its makers.

"The documentary addresses a serious environmental problem and questions whether or not the Crown has a responsibility to Ngapuhi and all New Zealanders that has not been acknowledged.

"'Restoring the Mauri of Lake Omapere' is the story of the Hokianga region – birthplace of Aotearoa, but it could be the story of hundreds of New Zealand lakes, rivers, streams, harbours, and the people who depend on those waterways for their sense of identity, wellbeing and sustenance."

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