Whakakitenga follows Ngāti Toa Rangatira leader and warrior Te Rangihaeata as he realises the full implications of British colonial intentions around land. The film is set in 1846 and captures a vision of the future delivered by Ngāti Toa kaitiaki Kopa, who appears in the form of a white owl.

This VR (virtual reality) experience is written and co-directed by University alumnus Wiremu Grace (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Porou), alongside senior lecturer Miriam Ross and Associate Professor Paul Wolffram from the Film programme at the University. Credit: Dusk