THROUGH OUR LENS

FILMMAKING IN TE MOANANUI A KIWA

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

With support from UNESCO, MCT is taking 14 rangatahi Māori filmmakers to the Pacific in September, 2017. These young people are our filmmakers of the future and will travel to Rarotonga, Hawaii, Samoa and Tahiti to work with young people in each nation.

In late May 2017, the MCT put out a national call inviting youth aged 13 – 23 to apply to be a rangatahi film leader in the Pacific. To apply they were required to make a video introducing themselves and why they wanted to be chosen. Participants in the regional workshops were encouraged to apply. From the 31 applicants, 20 were selected to attend a selection workshop in Ōtaki.

The selection workshop was held over two days in July 2017 at the Māoriland Hub. Guest tutors included South Seas Film & Television Schools John Givins and Actor, Cohen Holloway. During this workshop, the rangatahi were given a number of challenges that asked them to demonstrate their ability to collaborate and lead each other. On the second day, they were asked to create a film in 3 hours to demonstrate how they would work under immense time pressure.

The aim of the project is to create new Mori film leaders who will connect and collaborate with their peers in the Pacific.

This will lead to the building of networks and future collaborations.

MEET THE RANGATAHI

  • ANA SCOTNEY
    ACTOR/WRITER/CREATIVE

    22 YEARS OLD
    NGĀI TŪHOE

    EXP: Toi Whakaari, Director – DANCE OF LONELY BIRDS, Actor – THE BREAKER UPPERER’S, DROP DOWN GLOBE, BELIEF: THE POSSESSION OF JANET MOSES

  • ARIAH KAPA
    DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

    19 YEARS OLD
    TE AUPOURI

    EXP: Director – MĀORITANGA

  • AWA PUNA
    WRITER/DIRECTOR

    18 YEARS OLD
    NGĀTI KAHUNGNUNU

    EXP: Writer, Director – Roxy 5 Supreme Award BLACK DOG, STATIC, ACCOMPANIED, PATHWAY

  • AYDRIANNAH TUIALI’I
    DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

    21 YEARS OLD
    NGĀPUHI, NGĀTI HĀMOA

    EXP: Director – NŌ ŌTAKI TE WAIRUA

  • BENJI TIMU
    DIRECTOR/ CAMERA

    23 YEARS OLD
    KUKI AIRANI, SAMOA

    EXP: EASTSIDE – UNTOLD, Director – DEAR LITTLE BROTHER, Actor – LIL SIS, SUNI-MAN

  • EVA HAKARAIA
    DIRECTOR/ EDITOR

    14 YEARS OLD
    NGĀTI KAPUMANAWAWHITI, NGĀTI RAUKAWA, GERMAN

    EXP: Director – Outlook for Someday DOC Award Winner I LOVE WAIORONGOMAI

  • KAEA HAKARAIA-HOSKING
    DIRECTOR/ ACTOR

    13 YEARS OLD
    NGĀTI KAPUMANAWAWHITI,NGĀTI RAUKAWA

    EXP: Presenter – Outlook For Someday Intermediate Award Winner KORO PUPPETEER, Director – HE TAONGA, WEHI

  • NIKAU WI NEERA
    DIRECTOR/MUSICIAN

    17 YEARS OLD
    NGĀTI TOA RANGATIRA, NGĀTI RAUKAWA

    EXP: Score for The Common Touch, Roxy 5 Best Original Score 2017 for SOCK MESS MONSTER, Roxy 5 Supreme Award BLACK DOG (score)

  • ORIWA HAKARAIA
    DIRECTOR/ EDITOR

    14 YEARS OLD
    NGĀTI KAPUMANAWAWHITI, NGĀTI RAUKAWA

    EXP: Director – Outlook For Someday Intermediate Award Winner KORO PUPPETEER, HE TAONGA, WHAT CAN YOU SEE?

  • PHILADELPHIA KINGSFORD-BROWN
    DIRECTOR/ WRITER/CAMERA

    16 YEARS OLD
    NGĀTI POUTAMA, NGĀTI KAHUNGNUNU KI TE WAIRARAPA, TE ATI HAUNUI Ā PĀPĀRANGI

    EXP: Director – MOTHERS ARE TREASURES, PUKEORA, Outlook For Someday Sustainability Award Winner – HARIKOA

  • SHAYE LEIGH WITEHIRA
    EDITOR/ ACTOR

    14 YEARS OLD
    NGĀTI RAUKAWA, NGĀPUHI, TE ATIAWA

    EXP: Director – MĀORITANGA

  • SONNY NGATAI
    EDITOR/PRESENTER

    21 YEARS OLD
    NGĀTI RANGIWEWEHI, NGAITERANGI, NGĀTI WHATUA

    EXP: Presenter – HAHANA, TUATANGATA LEVI, ASB Polyfest

  • TE MAHARA TAMEHANA
    DIRECTOR/ CAMERA/ EDITOR

    14 YEARS OLD
    NGĀTI HINE, NGĀPUHI

    EXP: Director – CONFLICTION, Camera – Lil Sis

  • TUTAAMURE NIKORA 

    SOUND

    15 YEARS OLD
    TE WHĀNAU A APANUI

    EXP: Director – NŌ ŌTAKI TE WAIRUA

The first task they were assigned as a collective was to fundraise $6,300 via Givealittle towards the cost of the trip. They were successful in this endeavour raising $7,140 in total.

The fourteen were then divided into four groups of three and four members with a balance of skills and ages to travel to Samoa, Hawai’i, Rarotonga, and Tahiti.

A three-day workshop was held in each location with a screening held on the final night.

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Workshop dates and locations

Samoa – September 12 – 14
High Tech Youth Apia (Screening was held at the National University of Samoa, Centre for Samoan Studies)

Hawai’i – September 22 – 24
Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking

Rarotonga – September 29 – 30, October 2
Titikaveka College (Screening was held at Club Raro)

Tahiti – October 8 – 10
Puna’auia Community Centre

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Nine films were completed during Through Our Lens’ Pasifika Workshops. They are now undergoing a final polish in New Zealand ahead of a premiere screening at Māoriland Film Festival in March 2018. Further to the creation of the 9 films, Through Our Lens has successfully grown Māoriland’s network with other young filmmakers and organisations throughout the Pacific. There have already been requests to repeat the project in 2018. 

THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!

With your help we raised $7,140. Thank you to Alex Collins, Amey, Ann, Anne Salmond, Aunty Becs, Aunty Karyn, Aunty Trace & Uncle Rick, Caroline, CHARLIE, Dana, Daniel Northway-Frank, Dave Whitehead, Debi & Matiu Kapa, Defender Films, Dianne Romanos, Elaine Colquhoun, Emily, Geoff Lealand, Gina and Dee, Grace Mulvihill, Hahana Whanau, Haka Boy, Helen Hope, Ingrid Boberg, J Emery, Jack, Jacki Key, Jane Hakaraia and Family, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Jenny, Jess Bryan, John Allsopp, Jude Isaac, Kaeas Kaitautoko, Katy Wood, Kite, Lake92, Liam Maguren, Lynell Huria, Matthews Family, Monique Redmond, Ms Jahama, Ms Riley, Multinesia, Ngaire, Otaki Mail, Ozzy Osbourne, Penny Hagen, Philly <3, Pip & Waka, PiripiM, Pocklington, Raewyn, Renee, Renee's Poetry Group, RO, Ronny and Hayley, Sandy Brimblecombe, Sylvia, Tainui Stephens, Tamehana Whanau O Pekerau Tautoko, Te Kawa Robb, Thomas Zepackic, Witehira Whānau.

Since 2014, Māoriland has worked with young people across Aotearoa, providing filmmaking workshops in remote and rural communities with the support of E Tū Whānau. Through Our Lens builds on this work by providing an opportunity for talented youth to become involved in indigenous filmmaking networks across the Pacific, te Moananui a Kiwa.

About Māoriland Charitable Trust

Māoriland Charitable Trust (CC53677) was established in 2016 to support the work of the Māoriland Film Festival. Its purpose is to improve the social, economic and educational opportunities to people in Aotearoa by means of screening Indigenous films and organising activities such as filmmaking workshops.

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