‘Take her with you’- Koro
‘She’s no use to me’- Koro
‘You don’t even know who I am’- Porourangi
‘I know who you were meant to be, who you were born to be’ –Koro to Porourgani
‘He didn’t’ mean it about me’- Paikea
‘Why doesn’t he want me’? –Paikea
‘Koro is looking for something that doesn’t exist anymore’ –Porourgangi to Koro
‘He needs a prophet’ –Porourgani about Koro
‘lead our people out of the darkness’- Porourgani about Koro
‘You can’t just decide who those people are because you want them to be’- Porourangi
‘I’m gonna need all the first born boys’- Koro
‘When she was born that’s when everything went wrong for us. That’s where we will find the answers’- Koro
‘Ive to go home………Just have to’- Paikea
‘Not now Pai’- Koro
‘I’m back…….but I’m back’- Paikea
‘I’m waiting for Kor. I said I’m waiting’- Paikea
‘You pick her up for years and she’s just suppose to guess’- Mother Flowers
‘Pai, you’re a girl go to the back. What did I say? What did I say? Then leave. Go on.’-Koro – underscores Paikea’s defiant and tenacious disposition
‘old ways’- Koro wants to teach the first born boys the Maori traditions
Koro lists the following qualities that a good chieftain should have:
Paikea embodies all of these qualities
‘girls aren’t allowed’- Paikea about the stick fighting
‘I’ll deal with you later’ –Koro to Paikea
‘Your might be the boss out there but I’m the boss of this kitchen’- Mother Flowers
‘He has a lot of rules he has to live by’- Mother Flowers
‘Right from the beginning you knew this wasn’t for you but you kept coming back’- Koro to Paikea
Paikea claims that it’s not Koro’s fault ‘that I’m a girl’
‘It’s just for a little while’-Both Nanna Flowers and Uncle Rawiri’s girlfriend tells Paikea regarding her grandfather’s banishment of her.
‘If you have the tooth of the whale then you must have the jaw of a whale to wield it’- Koro speaking about the significance of the rei puta
‘He was calling to the ancient ones but they weren’t listening. So I tried. And they heard me’- Paikea
‘He didn’t want to talk anymore, that’s what nanna said. He just wanted to go down and down’- Paikea
Finds the lobster and the tooth whale-‘for papa’s tea and I found this’- Paikea
‘He’s not ready yet’- Nanny Flowers states that Koro is not ready to accept Paikea as the new chief
‘You’re my guest of honour so I will see you there puka’- Paikea to Koro
‘Save this one for Puka’-Paikea
‘He might be held up’-Nanna Flowers
‘No, he’s coming’- Paikea to Nanny Flowers
‘She said she had a surprise for him’- Uncle Rawiri to Nanna Flowers
‘This speech is a token of my deep love and respect for Koro Apirana, my grandfather’ –underscores Paikea’s admiration of her grandfather. She reveres/idolises him.
‘My name is Paikea Apirana and I come from a long line of chiefs, stretching all the way back to Huawei, where our ancestors are’ – underscores Paikea’s sense of belonging and identity. She is proud of her ethnic origins.
‘most recent decendent’- how Paikea describes herself
‘I broke the line of the ancient ones. It wasn’t anyone’s fault, it just happened’- underscores Paikea’s sense of shame; she attempts to rationalise Koro’s disappointment.
‘If the knowledge is given to everyone then we can have lots of leaders and everyone can be strong………. And not just the chosen one’- underscores Paikea’s belief that the Maori tribe must adapt to the modern world.
Koro shares an affinity with the whales as does Paikea as they hear the whales’ song
‘I called to them and they came but it wasn’t right. They were dying’. – Paikea
‘It was a test but for Koro this time’- Paikea – underscores Koro’s difficulty in accepting Paikea as the predestined leader of the Maori tribe.
‘Leave it you’ve done enough’- Koro- indicative of Koro’s resentment of Paikea. He feels that she is responsible for his tribe’s despair. He regards her as being inauspicious (unlucky/bad omen)
Paikea’s affinity with the whales is clear in that she can coax the whales to go back into the water-she gets on the back of whales and rides it back into the sea. Her affinity is manifested in her ability to communicate with the whales: ‘Come on’- Paikea
‘It’s ok Puka’- Paikea reassures Koro as she rides out into the sea.
‘I wasn’t scared to die’- Paikea- saviour/redemptive connotations of altruism/selflessly.
‘Which one?’- Koro to Nanna Flowers when she presents him with the rei puta
‘What do you mean which one?’ –Nanna Flowers to Koro; underscores her anger at Koro’s continuing denial/acceptance that Paikea is the predestined chief
‘I’ve been praying to God that the little one wakes up; I’ll give up the smokes’- a member of the community- this quote highlights the charismatic impact that Paikea has on her community.
‘My name is Paikea Apirana and I come from a long line of chiefs stretching all the way back to the whale rider’- affirmation of her identity as the tribal chief. Koro embraces her and smiles with pride; indicative of his final acceptance of Paikea.