Of all the magnificent achievements of 2 NZ Div. I have always felt that the capture of Takrouna must surely have been one of the finest. I went up there myself during the battle just after the 51st Highland Division had taken over, and I cannot, to this day, image how it was captured in the face of tenacious enemy resistance. Lieutenant-General Sir Brian Horrocks, KCB, MC
Takrouna  - based on a true story.

This is a war drama about courage and cowardice.
Set against the real backdrop of the one of the most dramatic battles fought by New Zealand soldiers in World War 11, it tells the fictional story of Richard Adams, a respectable pillar of society, who is forced to confront his war-time cowardice.
When old 28th Maori Battalion soldiers gather for a tangi, Adams begins to tell the true story of war hero Haane Manahi and his extraordinary feats of courage in the battle for Takrouna.
Fought in Tunisia in 1943, Takrouna was one of the most heroic, spectacular and deadly battles of the North African campaign.
British Commander General Horrocks described Manahi’s actions as “The most gallant feat of arms I witnessed in the course of the war. To this day I do not know how it was captured in the face of tenacious enemy resistance.”
Field Marshall Montgomery himself recommended Haane Manahi receive the Victoria Cross for his actions, but it was mysteriously downgraded to a DCM.
While the feats of Manahi, the 28th Maori Battalion and other pakeha soldiers, are told strictly according to the facts, Richard Adams is a fictional “everyman” character who like so many returning New Zealand soldiers, was haunted by his war experiences.
This is the story of his struggle to confront his past.




Endorsement for ‘Takrouna'

“This is a great story that has the scale, the breadth of conflict and the cinematic possibilities to make a truly great feature film.The action and detail are superb. It is a beautifully written script that moves along at an unrelenting pace. It will make an excellent feature film in the style of Peter Weir’s Gallipoli, that also looks at bigger issues of national identity. The story has a great cinematic central image – the men against the mountain – an insurmountable obstacle.The action line of the story is well articulated and rich. The dramatic climax is truly dramatic and the outcome is moving”.
Susy Pointon, He Taonga Script Advisor 2004 – 2006