Cel­e­brat­ing the power of Poi E

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Poi E: The Story of Our Song 8.30pm, Ma¯ori TV It was a breath of fresh air and a very dif­fer­ent beat for a land where the likes of Fos­ter and Allen could still dom­i­nate the charts.

It gave hope and new spirit to a com­mu­nity rav­aged by eco­nomic re­ces­sion.

And it pro­vided more than one gen­er­a­tion of Ki­wis with the op­por­tu­nity to be proud of our indige­nous lan­guage and cul­ture.

Poi E might have seemed like some­thing of a nov­elty record when it first hit the air­waves in 1983, but the mix of lyrics mys­te­ri­ous to most New Zealan­ders and a cut­ting-edge hip-hop beat soon made it a favourite in lounges, school­yards and on dance­floors across the na­tion.

Christchurch-born di­rec­tor Tearepa Kahi’s ( Mt Zion) lov­ingly crafted, in­ti­mate doc­u­men­tary cap­tures the an­ar­chic spirit of the song and its cre­ator Dal­va­nius Prime.

The man whose name makes him sound like a Trans­former was the ring­mas­ter of the whole op­er­a­tion and his mana, de­ter­mi­na­tion and ec­cen­tric­i­ties are laid bare for all to see.

The jux­ta­po­si­tion of archival footage with modern day rec­ol­lec­tions is ex­pertly bridged by an ex­tended au­dio in­ter­view the late Dal­va­nius made just a cou­ple of years be­fore his death in 2002. – James Croot who feels fully equipped to take on more par­ent­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties while his self-as­sured wife re­turns to the work force af­ter be­ing a stay-at-home mother for 13 years. ‘‘Like­able and solidly con­structed,’’ wrote Los An­ge­les Times‘ Robert Lloyd. Ter­mi­na­tor 3: Rise of the Ma­chines 8.30pm, Three Se­ri­ously un­der-rated 2003 scifi se­quel in which Arnie takes on a fe­male Ter­mi­na­trix (Kris­tanna Lo­ken) in or­der to pro­tect the vi­tal John Con­nor (Nick Stahl) and his fu­ture wife, Kate Brew­ster (Claire Danes), from meet­ing a grisly end. Con­tains plenty of thrills and spills and a real jaw­drop­per of a fi­nale. Bones 8.35pm, Prime In the fi­nal-ever episode of this pop­u­lar US crime drama, the Jef­fer­so­nian lab is in ru­ins fol­low­ing an ex­plo­sion. Bren­nan (Emily Deschanel) has been very badly in­jured, sus­tain­ing enough of a head in­jury that she can­not de­ci­pher her own notes. 7 Days 9pm, Three Likely to pro­vide far more in­ten­tional laughs than the elec­tion night pro­gram­ming across the free-to-air chan­nels to­mor­row, this spe­cial Welling­ton-shot edition of the long-run­ning panel show sees Jeremy Cor­bett try­ing to con­trol Paul Ego, Dai Hen­wood, Ben Hur­ley, Jeremy El­wood, Jus­tine Smith and Cori Gon­za­lez-Macuer for an hour.

Poi E - The Story of Our Song cap­tures the an­ar­chic spirit of the tune and its cre­ator Dal­va­nius Prime.

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