Whale Rider

On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea’s direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.

Whale Rider

Title: Whale Rider

Release Date: 2002

Genres: Drama, Family

    Directors: Caro, Niki


  • Castle-Hughes, Keisha as Paikea
  • Paratene, Rawiri as Koro
  • Haughton, Vicky as Nanny Flowers
  • Curtis, Cliff as Porourangi
  • Roa, Grant as Uncle Rawiri
  • Taumaunu, Mana as Hemi
  • House, Rachel as Shilo
  • Emile, Taungaroa as Willie
  • Davis, Tammy as Dog
  • Wharekawa, Mabel as Maka
  • Clarke, Rawinia as Miro
  • Simpson, Tahei as Miss Parata
  • Taimana, Roi as Hemi”s Dad
  • Skeen, Elizabeth as Rehua
  • White, Tyronne as Jake

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