Females must gain the credibility of their male judges by adapting male roles to convince the males that they are worthy of the challenge. She creates a new self-image; she is not scared or willing to back down because people do not give her credibility because of her gender.
Apirana told him that even though others out there respected him and treated him like he is the leader, in the household, she is the boss.
My twin brother died and took my mother with him. These measures clearly afforded Maori a degree of participation in the settler state and polity which was much more progressive in comparison to Australian Aboriginal politics.
The film revolves around the life of an 11 year old girl, who wants to gain the approval of her grandfather and assume the role of being a tribe leader that her late twin brother was destined to be. As it was the case in many other parts of the Pacific, early encounters between Europeans and Maori were often marked by misunderstanding and mutual hostility.
There are moments when Pai is lost in discouragement and despair, and when her father comes for a visit she almost leaves with him. There's an amusing sequence where they practice looking ferocious to scare their enemies.
Right from the moment of her birth she was shunned upon by the members of her tribe.