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Ride the Wellington UNESCO City of Film Free Pahi to MFF2021

Māoriland Film Festival is a cultural and arts event that invites New Zealanders to the Indigenous word through screen storytelling.

Wellington UNESCO City of Film is providing a FREE bus from Wellington City to Ōtaki  – get on board to enjoy the films, art and cultural events throughout the festival 


Direct Shuttle – Wellington to Ōtaki

Train Connection – Waikanae to Ōtaki

Wednesday 24 March – Sunday 28 March

Thursday 25 March – Sunday 28 March

Wellington to Ōtaki

Leaves twice daily from Wellington to Ōtaki  at  0900* and 1500

From: Outside the i-site on Wakefield Street, Wellington City 

*Saturday Bus leaves at 8:30 am
*No 3 pm return on Wednesday

Waikanae to Ōtaki

Leaves Waikanae Train Station on the hour between 11 am and 5 pm

From: Waikanae Train Station

Ōtaki to Wellington

Bus Returns from Ōtaki  to Wellington at 3 pm and 10:30 pm (after the last screening) 

From: Outside Māoriland Hub – 68 Main Street, Ōtaki

Ōtaki to Waikanae

Leaves the Māoriland Hub on the half-hour from 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm

From: Māoriland Hub Ōtaki

Made possible with support from

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Taumau _ Betrothal scene with Cohen Holloway, Miriama Smith, Cian Elyse White and Hariata Moriarty at Te Waiiti Marae

Ride Wellington UNESCO City of Film Free Pahi to the red carpet opening night screening of COUSINS 

Catch the 3 pm (arrive 4:30 pm) for the Māoriland Keynote with Rena Owen and special screening of Cousins 

Bus returns to Wellington from Ōtaki at 10:30 pm (following the screening). 

NB: limited seats available for opening day bus – book your space [email protected]

Keynote Address

Rena Owen

The Māoriland Keynote address is a personal and historical perspective given by a prominent Māori filmmaker. It is presented at Rangiātea Church.

Past keynote speakers were Tainui Stephens, Lawrence Makoare, Larry Parr, Julian and Mabelle Dennison, Rawiri Paratene, Heperi and Awatea Mita and Temuera Morrison.

Multi-award-winning actor Rena Owen will deliver the 2021 address.

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