There are a couple of great movies picturing the struggle of Maori kids trying to navigate their way through the modern world
Jake Heke played by Temuera Morrison (AKA Boba/Jango Fett), plays a drunk abusive SOB brilliantly. You really want to hate him as you see the havoc he wreaks on his family after a couple (dozen) cold ones. I had originally seen it as part of an aboriginal film festival and could see why it included at such an event. A must watch even it you do find it disturbing and troubling.
Whale Rider is about a teenage girl who must fight the patriarchal traditions of her Maori family. She fights for the love of her grandfather, as she tries to prove herself worthy to break a generations old tradition of male rule. Pai immerses herself in Maori traditions and culture, but often receives the wrath of her grandfather, because she is bucking traditional roles. This feel-good, heart warming flick looks at the softer side of a warrior culture and is worth a watch. It might be a good way to unwind from Once Were Warriors.