Whale Rider

South Pacific Pictures

Head High
Whanau. School. Rugby. Life. A brand new family drama that honours the real life struggles of everyday people.

Mana and Tai Roberts are star players of Southdown High School’s First IX, which under the guidance of their step-father and coach Vince O’Kane, has just made it into Auckland’s premiere tournament, the 1A. Stakes are high – the struggling, low-decile school desperately needs a win. But the team takes a blow when Christian Deering – Southdown High First IX captain and Mana’s best friend – is poached by their bitter rivals, wealthy neighbouring private school Saint Isaac’s College. This sets in motion an all-out war between the two schools. As the bad blood spills over, Mana and Tai’s mum Renee has to deal with the brawls – she’s the local cop and she’s starting to get sick of rugby and the trouble it brings. She’s already trying to raise her sons, and her daughter Aria, who lives in the shadow of her rugby-playing brothers. And as if that’s not enough, big-hearted Renee opens her home to troubled solo-mother Gabrielle and her rebellious son Riley, to help them cope with a tragedy. Now Renee has a full house – and a husband who seems to only be able to focus on what’s happening on the field, instead of in his own whare. Set mostly in the home of a struggling but energetic, vibrant young working-class family, six drama-packed episodes will culminate in the all important 1A final – Southdown High versus Saint Isaac’s College, where we will find out whether the game of rugby can bring whanau and community together… Or might everything just fall apart?

Press & EPK

Press Reviews

Rachel Jean

Tim Worrall; Awanui Simich Pene; Damon Fepulea'i

Executive Producer(s):
Kelly Martin; Sally Campbell; Andrew Szusterman

Tim Worrall; Kate McDermott; Shoshann McCallum; Joss King; Nick Malmholt

Production Year

TV Series