Māoriland Charitable Trust
The MCT and its team is committed to creating social, cultural and economic opportunities for our community of Ōtaki and for filmmakers and artists. The success of the Māoriland Film festival has enabled the MCT to continue to grow its activities.
At the MĀORILAND HUB, we celebrate Indigenous excellence in film and across all forms of artistic expression.
In 2022 welcomed our first Indigenous filmmakers Leah Purcell & Bain Stewart to the newly refurbished MĀORILAND FILMMAKERS RESIDENCE – a first for Aotearoa. This filmmaker worked alongside MĀORILAND PRODUCTIONS to develop and produce Indigenous stories for the screen.
Māoriland Productions works with youth filmmaker talent nurtured by TE URU MAIRE – the Māoriland Rangatahi Strategy.
Te Uru Maire is in turn led by NGĀ PAKIAKA, the rangatahi film leadership group.
By capacity building, exhibition, and commissioning new works, Māoriland is evolving its ecosystem to connect filmmakers with film audiences and with industry. This kaupapa Māori ecosystem is PURITIA, to be launched in 2023.
The creative opportunities offered at the Māoriland Hub to rangatahi (youth) include digital creative arts such as animation at M.A.T.C.H – the Māoriland Tech Creative Hub and dance, drama and art classes, TE ARA TOI.
HE PAKI TAKETAKE is sharing and celebrating the Māori language by reversioning films into Te Reo Māori with the first feature film TAMA KAIĀTEA (Astro Kid) screened at MFF2022.
TOI MATARAU – Māoriland’s contemporary Māori art gallery platforms the incredible visual artists we have in our community and across Aotearoa. In 2022 the collective of renowned Māori carvers ‘Te Matatoki’ have taken up their Māoriland Residence to carve pou (posts)to adorn the Māoriland Hub.
All this work is supported by the Māoriland MAARA (garden) and MĀORILAND KAI (food) COLLECTIVE who are working to transform and support our community through food sovereignty and para kore practices (waste minimisation).
In 2021 Māoriland established MATARIKI RAMAROA – Kāpiti Lights Arts Festival. This Kāpiti wide event aims to connect our wider community across the Kāpiti Coast to the commemorations and celebrations of te tau hou Māori – the Māori New Year.
The MCT is an independent Māori entity with a board of trustees, the founding Māoriland whānau.
Our story begins with the founding of the Māoriland Film Festival in 2014 to celebrate Indigenous voices and storytelling in film and to uplift the perspectives and stories of Indigenous peoples. It is held in the Kāpiti Coast community of Ōtaki.
Over the past ten years, the festival has grown to be the largest presenter of Indigenous screen content in the Southern Hemisphere, with a year-round programme of events that include; industry focussed events, emerging technology (VR/AR/XR), lecture series – NATIVE Minds, sound and stage performances, a full visual arts programme – Toi Matarau and more.
These activities were enabled through the establishment of the Māoriland Hub – Ōtaki’s largest building – purchased in 2017 by the Māoriland Charitable Trust – an independent Māori non-profit social enterprise mandated by Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki – the five sub-tribes of Ōtaki (NZ Charities Commission: CC53677). Māoriland exists for the social, economic and educational success of its community in Otaki through connection to the wider world of Indigenous creativity and innovation.
Māoriland started as a film festival.
Today, the Māoriland Film Festival is the flagship event for Māoriland – a year-round operation that includes;
Ngā Pou O Te Whare
Hou mai koe ki roto i te whare kōrero o Māoriland. Ko tōna tāhuhu ko te iwi, ko te poutāhu ko te mana o te kupu, ko te poutuarongo ko te ira tangata. Kei waenga ko te poutokomanawa o te aroha noa. Ka mutu, ko ngā pou koko ka titi iho ki te whenua ko ēnei:
We bid you entry into our house of stories. The ridgepole is the people, the front post is the authority of the word, the rear post is the essence of our humanity. Between them, we find the support pillar of love. The posts that anchor the corners to the land are these:
Koakoa | Celebration
Māoriland celebrates the rise of Indigenous cinema. It invites filmmakers from around the world to share their compelling big-screen stories with us, and with each other.
Ohooho | Inspiration
Māoriland upholds the mana and inspiration of our storytellers. We are guided by our elders, and taught by our children. The festival assists our community to expand their perspectives and connect with those from other cultures.
Manaaki | Respect
Māoriland is rooted in the traditions and language of the hapū and iwi of Ōtaki. It is our honour to extend manaakitanga to the many visitors to the festival.
Kōtahitanga | Inclusion
Māoriland provides a portal to the Indigenous world for ALL people. It assists social cohesion, a sense of pride, and the informed well- being of our community.
Kāti. Tuia te kawa, tairanga te kawa, ko te kawa o te manaaki i te tangata tēnei ka poua nei.
We are committed to creating environments and presenting work that upholds the mana and inspiration of our storytellers – guided by our elders and taught by our children.
We respect our audience – Māoriland is rooted in the traditions and language of the hapū and iwi of Ōtaki.
It is our honour to extend manaakitanga to all who present their work and experience those presented within Māoriland.