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Where The Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti

A spirit who exists in the ‘no place’ watches over his descendants living at the end of the 19th and 20th centuries. The spirit is Himi.

A Moriori, Maori and Pakeha story that follows three characters bound through bloodlines but separated by two times and three worlds.

Louise O'Brien of The NZ Listener wrote:  'Where the Rekohu Bone Sings is a thoughtful tracing of the complexity of being Moriori, Maori and Pakeha and of finding a place of belonging between cultures. That it does all this while also telling a compelling story is impressive indeed.'

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Where The Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti - Part 1

Adapted for RNZ by Owen Scott

Imi remembers the day the Sun People arrived while Mere struggles with the changes in her relationship with Iraia.

Where The Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti - Part 2

Adapted for RNZ by Owen Scott

We meet the twins Lula and Bigs, Imi introduces himself and Mere reveals what happened to her and Iraia's mothers.

Where The Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti - Part 3

Adapted for RNZ by Owen Scott

On Motuora Island things develop between Mere and Iraia while Lula discovers a carving in London.

Where The Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti - Part 4

Adapted for RNZ by Owen Scott

Everyone heads to Picton. Lula and the family take Tui there and meet her side of the family, while Mere and Iraia go to Waimua before heading to Picton.

Where The Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti - Part 5

Adapted for RNZ by Owen Scott

Lula, Bigs and their father discover why Tui kept them away from her family. Mere and Iraia meanwhile, find themselves in the settlement of Wellington.

Where The Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti - Part 6

Adapted for RNZ by Owen Scott

Iraia and Mere make the most of the only offer of lodging they find. Lula meets her mother's cousin Aunty Liz and discovers more of her mother's story.

Where The Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti - Part 7

Adapted for RNZ by Owen Scott

Iraia begins to make a name for himself down at the wharf but it comes at a price. Imi watches over them and can see what they cannot.

Where The Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti - Part 8

Adapted for RNZ by Owen Scott

Mere is left to make a hard decision and Koro Eddie gives a gift to Lula and Bigs.