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Michael had a guest role in ep 2.4 'The Final Plume', 28 November 2002.

Produced by South Pacific Pictures
Filmed in New Zealand, broadcast on TV3.



Mataku is a half-hour New Zealand drama series about contemporary people who have
mysterious encounters with Maori mythology and spirituality.  A Maori Twilight Zone.


Michael guest starred as Dr. Forbes, the "dick-head shrink" who insisted on assigning Western
psychological tenets to a young Maori man who unexplainedly attacked his step-father.  Failure to
recognize the boy's Maori spiritual sickness in time resulted in tragedy for the boy and his family.

  William Park  
  Lionel Waaka
  Pete Smith  
Woman Police Officer
  Tracey Carter
  Sue Garton  
  Ed Tauri
Te Haika
  Robin Kora  
  David Waikaira-Paul
Te Kakarapiti
  Kingi Taurua  
  Lui Manu-Anderson
  Anura Grant  
Dr. Forbes
  Michael Hurst
  Lawrence Makaroe  
Written and directed by Carey Carter

"It's ok, Sean, I just want to talk.  Anything you want to tell me?  Sean, I'm here to help".

"Oh, hello, Mr. and Mrs. Ngari.  Sorry to keep you waiting".

"Uh, Mrs. Ngari, did Sean ever show signs of being angry at the fact that he doesn't know his real father?"

"Whether my husband is Sean's natural father or not has got nothing to do with you, and it's got nothing to do with this".

"So unless you've got a very good reason for keeping us all here, you can take your questions, shove them up your ass!"

"Mrs. Ngari, you know what I see when I look at these pictures?  Here's a boy.  And he's angry because he
doesn't know his real father.  And then, when another man comes along and replaces his father, he tries to hide that
anger for as long as he can.  But the anger won't stay hidden, will it?  Sooner or later, it's going to find its way out".

"Mrs. Ngari, the cultural background may give us a context, but in my experience the answer is usually found much closer to home . . . "