Māori connect with other peoples of the Pacific through a shared ancestor – Kiwa, hence ‘Te Moananui a Kiwa – The great ocean of Kiwa’.

Through Our Lens is a kaupapa that takes Māori rangatahi filmmakers to the world.

In 2017, Māoriland selected 14 rangatahi filmmakers aged 13 – 24 to travel to Samoa, Hawai’i, Rarotonga and Tahiti to work with Indigenous youth in each nation to tell film stories. Over five weeks, Through Our Lens worked with forty-seven youth, to create nine short films. These films tell stories of identity, the effects of colonisation and challenges they face from the perspective of the communities that they were born in. 

Through Our Lens will repeat in September 2018 and Māoriland Charitable Trust (MCT) is looking for our Māori filmmakers of the future.  If you are passionate about film and te reo Māori me ona tikanga and can collaborate with other Indigenous rangatahi – then apply now.

From September 2018 THROUGH OUR LENS will travel up to 16 Māori rangatahi filmmakers to the Pacific and Indonesia to participate in filmmaking workshops.

If you are chosen, you could be one of four rangatahi who will head to an Island in the Pacific or to Indonesia for a filmmaking workshop where you will work with local rangatahi to produce short films. 


We are looking for Māori filmmakers aged 14 – 24 to submit an application via the online form. You will need to make a short video and answer some questions to apply. 

A long list of 24 rangatahi will be selected to attend a 2-day workshop at the Māoriland Hub in Ōtaki from 8th-9th September.

At this workshop, you will be mentored through a series of challenges by Māori filmmakers to see if you have the goods to be a Māoriland Through Our Lens rangatahi film leader.

Up to 16 rangatahi will be selected based on leadership qualities, filmmaking skills and a passion for film storytelling. If you are chosen you will be heading overseas to work with Indigenous youth to produce short films.

The aim of the project is to create new Māori film leaders who will connect and collaborate with their peers in the Pacific, Indonesia and worldwide. This will lead to the building of networks and future collaborations.


What will you receive if chosen?  

If selected you will be one of sixteen Māori Rangatahi Film Leaders. As a Film Leader, you will be one of a group of Māori youth to lead a four-day filmmaking workshop, working with filmmaker mentors and local Indigenous youth to produce a short film.

A core skills filmmaking workshop at the Māoriland Hub in Ōtaki to prepare for the travel. Accommodation and all meals provided. NB Flights to this workshop may also be provided on a case by case basis.

Mentoring by experienced filmmakers.

A presenting role at the Māoriland Film Festival  2019 screening of the short films made through the project.

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Will there be a cost for the International travel?

The selected Rangatahi film leaders will each be required to contribute $450 towards the costs of international travel. The MCT encourages  selected Rangatahi Film Leaders to fundraise and will provide information to assist with these efforts. In 2017 TOL Rangatahi successfully crowdfunded to cover this cost.

All travel, accommodation and meals will be organised by the Māoriland Charitable Trust.  The workshops on each island are 3-4 days long.  The itinerary is likely to be 5-6 nights depending on return flights.

Any personal spending money is the responsibility of the rangatahi.


  1. The terms and conditions contained in this document and on the Māoriland Film Festival Website ( comprise the terms and condition for the THROUGH OUR LENS: Rangatahi Filmmaking  (“Terms and Conditions”).
  2. Upon entry, Project entrants (“Entrants”) agree that they have read, understood and accepted the Terms and Conditions.

A. The Project and Entries

  1. Through Our Lens (“Project”) is a Māori Youth Filmmaking initiative to find Aotearoa’s Filmmakers of the Future. 16 rangatahi will be selected to participate in Through Our Lens 2; a series of youth filmmaking workshops between Māori and Pacific youth held in the Pacific and Indonesia.
  2. The Project is organised and managed by Māoriland Charitable Trust (MCT) in conjunction with associated partners (“Organisers”).
  3. Eligible Entrants must complete and submit an entry form (“Entry Information”) and provide a Video application (“Submission Video”) to enter (“Entry”).
  4. To enter complete the Entry Information and Submission Video available at  
  5. Entries open on 24th July 2018 and close at midnight on 20th August 2018. All Entries received after the closing date will not be valid. Evidence of having emailed/uploaded an Entry, or other similar digital information, cannot be accepted as proof of delivery. The Organisers are not responsible for lost or corrupted Entries.
  6. Every Entrant warrants that all information submitted is true, current and complete.
  7. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any Entrant who does not comply with the Terms and Conditions.

B. Eligibility to enter

  1. Every Entrant must ordinarily reside in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
  2. Entrants must be aged between 14 – 24 years at the date entries conclude (August 20th 2018)
  3. Entrants under the age of 18 must have the express permission of their parent or guardian.
  4. Entrants must have a valid passport to participate.

C. Judging Criteria

  1. 24 Finalists will be selected for the project to attend a two-day finalists workshop from the 8th-9th September in Ōtaki. 
  2. Up to 16 Rangatahi Film Leaders will be selected from the 24 Finalists to attend the workshops in the Pacific and Indonesia
  3. All Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: 
  4. Demonstrate an ability in te reo Māori
  5. Filmmaking experience and ability to teach others what you know.
  6. Passion for filmmaking
  7. References
  8. The finalists will be announced on 23rd August. The finalists’ names will be published on the Māoriland Film Festival Website the same day. The finalists will be contacted by the contact details provided.
  9. The finalists must attend a two-day finalists workshop in Ōtaki from the 8-9 September 2018 to be eligible to be selected as one of the 16 rangatahi. 
  10. If a finalist cannot be contacted or does not acknowledge receipt within four days of being selected as a finalist, the Organisers may select another finalist. If a finalist is not available to attend the workshop dates as set out by the Organisers, the Organisers may select another finalist.
  11. The Organisers’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

D. Travel

  1. Up to Sixteen Rangatahi Film Leaders will be chosen. As a Rangatahi Film Leader, you will receive a place at ONE of four workshops. Four Rangatahi Film Leaders will attend each workshop.
  2. The workshop will consist of a five day-six night trip where rangatahi will participate in a 3-4 day filmmaking workshop in teams with local Indigenous youth. The goal is to produce a short film that will screen to the community on the final day of the workshop. These films will also be screened at Māoriland Film Festival 2019 and may be submitted to other national and international film festivals.
  3. The Organiser will arrange and subsidise domestic and international airfares, accommodation, travel, tours on the islands and all meals.
  4. The selected Rangatahi film leaders will each be required to contribute $450* towards the costs of the travel and workshops. The Organiser encourages selected Rangatahi Film Leaders to fundraise and will provide information to assist with these efforts
  5. One fully paid scholarship place* will be awarded to Rangatahi Film Leaders presenting exceptional talent. These scholarship places mean that the rangatahi does not have to pay the contribution of $450 as this will be fully paid for by the Organiser. These scholarships will be at the discretion of the Organiser and will be decided at the finalist’s workshop.
  6. Personal spending money is additional and the responsibility of the rangatahi.
  7. This offer is not redeemable for cash, not transferable to any other person, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.
  8. The Organisers reserve the right to limit entry, cancel, or amend the offer at its own and sole discretion.

E. Privacy

  1. The information provided on the entry form will be used to contact the Project finalists. The names of the finalists and Rangatahi Film Leaders will be published on the Māoriland Film Festival website. In addition, the finalists consent to the Organisers using their names and suburb/town for promotional purposes.
  2. The finalists consent to participate and co-operate as required in all promotional activities relating to the Project.
  3. The entry forms will not be returned. The Organisers may contact Entrants to provide feedback on their Entries.
  4. All information provided by the Entrants will be collected, used, stored, disclosed and corrected in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993. All Entrants have the right to access their information and request that any personal information held to be corrected.

F. Exclusions

  1. The Organisers reserve the right to exclude any Entrant from participating in the Project at its sole discretion. The Organisers also reserve the right to refuse to award a place to an Entrant who is in breach of the Terms and Conditions or won a place by using fraudulent means.
  2. The Organisers will not be liable for any claims for loss, damage or injury whatsoever or for any physical or mental injury suffered by any Entrant or finalist as a result of, or in connection with, the Project or any prize won in the Project.
  3. The Organisers reserve the right to amend or change the Terms and Conditions at any time at their sole discretion, including extending, postponing or cancelling the Project.
  4. The Terms and Conditions shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of New Zealand and shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of New Zealand courts.
  5. If you have any questions, please contact Rangatahi Co-ordinator Madeleine de Young on