E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards People’s Choice!!!!

The E T Whnau Rangatahi Film Challenge is an opportunity for rangatahi up to the age of 24 to create films that present their perspective as young people in Aotearoa.

In 2018, Māoriland Charitable Trust travelled to six communities across Aotearoa leading free filmmaking workshops for rangatahi. Films were then entered to the E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Challenge by rangatahi of all ages and all levels of experience with 13 films screened at the E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards on March 21, 2019. The E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards are about celebrating rangatahi storytelling and are judged by a panel of rangatahi filmmakers. 

Following these awards, the public were invited to vote for a People’s Choice Award. This is the first time a People’s Choice award has been offered at the E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards. The E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film People’s Choice Award winner is awarded $500 towards their budding film career. 

Māoriland Charitable Trust is excited to announce the People’s Choice Award winner for 2019 is Joshua Robinson, with his film “Home”. 

Home is an animated short that depicts the impact of family violence from the perspective of a young animated figure. Audience feedback included;

“Just brilliant. No dialogue. No facial expressions. Brutal in its brevity. Lots of space for the viewer to fill in… Very mature. Very emotionally aware. Just brilliant.”

“Such a good representation of how a lot of people experience their home environment. I think more people need to see this”

“Without words the scene had a strong impact…well done!! #HOME”


Joshua Robinson (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi) was born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau. Home was made as a way for him to vent out my problems instead of keeping them inside, “When I got the chance to portray my story I felt like I could finally be free from all that. I also know that it does happen in a lot of people’s lives and what it does to them when they have to struggle with similar situations that are shown in this short film, and I wanted to make sure I could get that story across so other people who could relate to it, aren’t alone in this world.”

Joshua aims to work as an editor or VFX artist for Weta Digital. He plans to spend his prize money on a drawing tablet and video editing tools. 

Entries for the 2020 E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Challenge open this Saturday – June 1 and Māoriland Charitable Trust is coming to you!

FREE Filmmaking workshops for rangatahi aged 12 – 24 will be held in:

  • Ōtaki – June 19-20, Māoriland Hub
  • Kirikiriroa (Hamilton) – July 1 – 2, Go Eco
  • Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) – July 3-4, Te Oro
  • Kaitaia – July 27-28, REAP Kaitaia
  • Hokianga – July 29-30, Venue TBA

The E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Challenge is about rangatahi telling their own stories as young people in Aotearoa. Entries must be no longer than 5 minutes in duration and inspired by one of E Tū Whanau’s six values: 

  • Aroha
    Giving with no expectation of return
  • Whanaungatanga
    It’s about being connected
  • Whakapapa
    Knowing who you are and where you belong
  • Mana / Manaaki
    Building the mana of others, through nurturing, growing and challenging
  • Kōrero Awhi
    Positive communication and actions
  • Tikanga
    Doing things the right way, according to our values

Entries can be made online at maorilandfilm.co.nz/etw-film-challenge from June 1

If you need help or more information:

• Women’s Refuge: Free national crisis line operates 24/7 – 0800 refuge or 0800 733 843 www.womensrefuge.org.nz 
• Shine, free national helpline 9am- 11pm every day – 0508 744 633 www.2shine.org.nz 
• It’s Not Ok: Information line 0800 456 450 www.areyouok.org.nz