WATCH: Inspirational new film about the life of Dame Whina Cooper drops first trailer

Headlines 09/02/2022

The story of the legendary Dame Whina Cooper is getting the big screen treatment in the new film Whina.

The synopsis of the film states; "The story of Dame Whina Cooper, the beloved Māori matriarch who worked tirelessly to improve the rights of her people, especially women. 

Flawed yet resilient, Whina tells the story of a woman formed by tradition, compelled by innovation, and guided by an instinct for equality and justice whose legacy as the Te Whaea o te Motu (Mother of the Nation) was an inspiration to an entire country."

The film boasts an impressive homegrown cast including Tioreore Ngātai-Melbourne, Miriama McDowell (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) and Rena Owen (Ngāpuhi), who all play Whina at different stages in her life.

'Whina' is due for release on June 23rd, alongside Aotearoa's inaugural Matariki public holiday.