Media Design School (NZ)
It is 1769. Captain James Cook is exploring Aotearoa/New Zealand in the ship
HM Bark Endeavour. A landing party led by the naturalist Joseph Banks enters
the bush to collect specimens for study. A Marine, Samuel Blakely and Midshipman
Daniel Whitby are ordered by Banks to kill and collect specimens of the Parson
Bird (Tui). As the two men go further into the native forest, they are being
watched by the Patupairehe, a red-haired Māori girl who plays warning sounds on
her putorino (flute). These sounds reach the mountain lair of the Pouakai, a giant
eagle of mythically large size.
The men’s attempts to shoot a Tui are thwarted by
unknown, mysterious forces, but the two are compelled to continue their fruitless
quest for the bird despite the eerie sounds that echo through the hills. When they
finally reach a clearing with a clear shot to a defiant Tui on a high branch,
Whitby takes aim. But a dark shape emerges from the mist!