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.

The 14 rangatahi were selected from a nationwide callout and workshopping process. They were chosen for their leadership qualities as well as their passion for film storytelling and an ability to share this passion and skills with their peers.

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.

SUPPORT OUR RANGATAHI FILMMAKERS

To get to the Pacific, your support is needed. Māoriland Charitable Trust has raised three-quarters of the cost of the project with the support of UNESCO and other funding bodies. The rangatahi have been asked to contribute $450 each ($6,300 in total) towards the cost of travel and accommodation. A Givealittle has been launched this morning to raise these funds.

The decision to form a Givealittle enables the rangatahi to work as a collective – supporting each other to get to the Pacific. It is an all or nothing crowdfunding platform – and they need your support to help meet their target.

Mahi tahi – Collaboration – is a key value of the Through Our Lens kaupapa and was workshopped by the rangatahi as part of the selection process. When they travel to each nation they will be visiting as manuhiri so have been asked to consider the relationship of tuakana – teina in how they approach sharing their knowledge on other peoples’ lands.

Every dollar counts and is tax deductible.

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

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 Givealittle

Givealittle is a crowdfunding platform operated by the Spark Foundation. Since 2008, Givealittle has supported New Zealanders to raise funds for causes important to them. As Māoriland Charitable Trust is a registered charity, all donations will be tax deductible. More information about Givealittle is available on their website. 

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.