Based on real events, Kikia Te Poa is the story of John Cook -- a 'Maorish' (Ngapuhi/Irish) Maori who ventures into the Anglo-South African War to prove himself and the value of his people to a changing New Zealand. Although Maori were t allowed to fight in the Boer War, many mixed blood men did and one of them was John Walter Callaway, who wrote a haka for the Kiwi troops -- Kikia Te Poa. The Boer War saw the birth of concentration camps, New Zealand's status as a warrior nation -- and also international rugby. Most importantly it saw the beginning of a rivalry between two countries that would last one hundred years - on the rugby field, and in the politics of two very different nations. Contains an insightful introduction from Greg McGee, writer of the classic play Foreskin's Lament. (4 male).
Born in South Africa in 1977 and moving to New Zealand with his family shortly after the tumultuous Springbok tour of 1981, Matthew Saville is a writer, director and actor. A graduate of Otago University, Toi Whakaari and Victoria University, Matthew has a Masters degree in screenwriting, a Bachelor of Performing Arts from the New Zealand Drama School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Otago. Matthew's first play The Boxer has successfully toured the country and won him a nomination for best new writer in the 1993 Chapman Tripp Awards. Kikia te Poa has played to critical acclaim in Sydney, Australia and London, as well as New Zealand. Matthew's television credits include helping develop the Insiders Guide to Love for Gibson Group and writing for Shortland Street. He is now working on adapting the story into a feature film as well as working on his documentary about legendary world champion boxer Bob Fitzsimmons, and several other film and theatre projects currently in development.