There is a big problem in NZ with gang violence, social issues, and racism,  also there is a disconnection from society within the young Maori community. This theme is evident in the films Boy, by Taika Waititi, Darkhorse, by James Napier Robertson, yellow brick road, by Witi Ihimaera, Wild pork, and watercress, by Barry Crump.

Halfway through the text of the yellow brick road, the young boy truly believes that they are moving to a better life to start something new. On the way traveling to Wellington the “emerald city” their car breaks down on the side of the road, the young boy’s books fly off the car and land in the middle of the road.  The young boy runs out onto the road and as he does this cars scream by slamming on their breaks and honking the horn. A driver of another car comes up to the dad and says ” you Maoris are all the same, dumb bloody horis”. At the start of the story, the young boys say to his dad,” will the pakehas like us in Wellington dad?”.  So far the boy is starting to realize that the pakehas arent liking them too much. The young Maori boy is facing new things that he has been sheltered from his whole life. The family faces a dilemma of whether to live in poverty or move to the city and face racism and make a new life.

In the film boy, the director Taika waititi portrays the idea that young Maori boys feel like they do not belong in the modern society. Also, he shows that young kids are introduced to gang violence, drugs, and alcohol at a young age. After Alamein arrives boy wants to join the ” crazy horses gang”. One night Alamein is having a party and says to boy “wanna sip?, boy says yup” Alamein responds with ” 11 that’s pretty young for your first sip”, boy responds with ”chur”. Boy has no real parental figure to look after him and to stop him from getting into drugs and alcohol, once his grandma arrives back he realizes what he’s gotten into and how bad it is. Every young boy has potential but some struggle to find it due to the lack of upbringing as well as boy not having a father figure most of his life this has influenced his beliefs. His values and the way he sees things  are different to someone who has had a father figure throughout their upbringing.

Throughout the film Darkhorse, mana is picked on a lot by his father’s gang members. Mana is constantly surrounded by gangs, drugs, alcohol, and violence. Mana is breed into a “the gang life” mana dad makes him feel like he has to become one of the ‘vagrants’. The father wants him to become a gang member at 15 so he hands him over to mutt, the dad says “he’s all yours now. Harden him up, we ain’t patching no child”. Mana is trying to remove himself from the gang life and is lucky to find himself a sense of belonging with the chess club, this chess club gives him a connection to his culture. Even tho this was temporary before his dad found out and made him come and get patched. Mana has potential but due to the lack of guidance and a good role model he struggles to find out what it is.

In the film Wild pork and Watercress

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  1. In your Boy paragraph, you’re going off topic by talking about Weirdo. Focus on the young Maori, Boy, and the social issues he is living with.

  2. You could link the word ‘POTENTIAL’ with all your main characters to link them more closely.


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