Tonight we watched Once Were Warriors (alerted to it by a comment from theoctothorpe when I wrote about Whale Rider). It was a very dark film, and I thought very well done.
rsc remarked that it is just as well that we didn't see this before we went. It certainly shows another side of NZ, and the difficulties of the mix of assimilation, unemployment, too much liquor, and male domination.
Maybe I'll go find the book, too.