THROUGH OUR LENS: Filmmaking in Te Moananui a Kiwa

THROUGH OUR LENS: Filmmaking in Te Moananui a Kiwa
THROUGH OUR LENS: Filmmaking in Te Moananui a Kiwa
THROUGH OUR LENS: Filmmaking in Te Moananui a Kiwa
THROUGH OUR LENS: Filmmaking in Te Moananui a Kiwa

The Māoriland Charitable Trust is looking for Rangatahi Māori Film Leaders.  If you are passionate about film and love working with other rangatahi – we want you!

With support from The New Zealand National Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), THROUGH OUR LENS; Filmmaking in Te Moananui a Kiwa will travel 16 Māori rangatahi filmmakers to the Pacific to participate in 1 of 4 Pacific nation based filmmaking workshops.

Four rangatahi will head to each nation for a four-day filmmaking workshop where they will work with local rangatahi to produce short films. 

Apply now for your opportunity to travel to Tahiti, Hawaii, Rarotonga OR Samoa as a Māori Filmmaker of the Future


We are looking for Māori filmmakers aged 13 – 22 to submit an application via the online form. A long list of 24 rangatahi will be selected to attend a 2-day workshop at the Māoriland Hub in Ōtaki from the 8-9 of July. At this workshop, Māori filmmakers will give you lots of great mentoring to help you with your filmmaking ideas.

At this workshop 16 rangatahi will be chosen for their leadership qualities as well as a passion for film storytelling.  If you are chosen you will be one of the Māori film leaders working with youth in Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa or Rarotonga, where you will work with youth on each island to produce short films.

The aim of the project is to create new Māori film leaders who will connect and collaborate with their peers in the Pacific. This will lead to the building of networks and future collaborations

And if you have the goods you may be one of the 16 rangatahi to travel to the Pacific.


The selected Rangatahi film leaders will each be required to contribute $450 towards the costs. The MCT encourages selected Rangatahi Film Leaders to fundraise and will provide information to assist with these efforts. All travel, accommodation and meals will be organised by the Māoriland Charitable Trust.  The workshops on each island are 3 days long. The itinerary is likely to be 5-6 nights depending on return flights.

Any personal spending money is the responsibility of the rangatahi. 

What will you receive if chosen? 

  • If selected you will be one of sixteen Māori Rangatahi Film Leaders. As a Film Leader, you will travel to ONE of four Pacific nations for a four-day filmmaking workshop, working with filmmaker mentors and local youth to produce a short film.
  • A workshop to prepare for the travel on July 8th & 9th. Accommodation and all meals provided. Flights also provided on a case by case basis.
  • Mentoring by Māori filmmakers.
  • A presenting role at the festival screening of the short films made through the project. 



The terms and conditions contained in this document and on the Māoriland Film Festival Website ( comprise the terms and condition for the THROUGH OUR LENS: Filmmaking in Te Moana Nui a Kiwa Challenge (“Terms and Conditions”).

Upon entry, challenge entrants (“Entrants”) agree that they have read, understood and accepted the Terms and Conditions.


A. The Project and Entries

  1. The project (“Project”) is a Māori Youth Filmmaking initiative to find Aotearoa’s Filmmakers of the Future. 16 rangatahi will be selected to participate in Through Our Lens; Filmmaking in Te Moana Nui a Kiwa – a series of youth filmmaking workshops between Māori and Pacific youth held in Samoa, Rarotonga, Hawaii and Tahiti.
  2. The Project is organised and managed by Māoriland Charitable Trust (MCT) in conjunction with associated partners (“Organisers”).
  3. Eligible Entrants must complete and submit an entry form (“Entry Information”) and provide a Video application (“Submission Video”) to enter (“Entry”).
  4. To enter complete the Entry Information and Submission Video available at
  5. Entries open on 30 May 2017 and close at midnight on 21 June 2017. All Entries received after the closing date will not be valid. Evidence of having emailed/uploaded an Entry, or other similar digital information, cannot be accepted as proof of delivery. The Organisers are not responsible for lost or corrupted Entries.
  6. Every Entrant warrants that all information submitted is true, current and complete.
  7. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any Entrant who does not comply with the Terms and Conditions.

B. Eligibility to enter

  1. Every Entrant must ordinarily reside in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
  2. Entrants must identify as Māori.
  3. Entrants must be aged between 13 – 22 years at the date entries conclude (June 21, 2017)
  4. Entrants under the age of 18 must have the express permission of their parent or guardian.
  5. Entrants must have a valid passport to participate.

C. Judging Criteria

  1. 24 Finalists will be selected for the project to attend a two-day finalists workshop from the 8 – 9 of July in Ōtaki. 
  2. 16 Rangatahi Film Leaders will be selected from the 24 Finalists to attend the workshops in the Pacific. 
  3. All Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: 
          • Ability in te reo Māori
          • Film experience
          • Passion for Filmmaking
          • References
  1. The finalists will be announced on 26 June 2017. The finalists’ names will be published on the Māoriland Film Festival Website the same day. The finalists will be contacted by the contact details provided.
  1. The finalists must attend a two-day finalists workshop in Ōtaki from the 8-9 of July 2017 to be eligible to be selected as one of the 16 rangatahi. 
  2. If a finalist cannot be contacted or does not acknowledge receipt within four days of being selected as a finalist, the Organisers may select another finalist. If a finalist is not available to attend the workshop dates as set out by the Organisers, the Organisers may select another finalist.
  3. The Organisers’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

D. Travel

  1. Sixteen Rangatahi Film Leaders will be chosen. As a Rangatahi Film Leader, you will receive a place at ONE of four Pacific nation workshops. Four Rangatahi Film Leaders will attend each workshop.
  2. The workshop will consist of a five day-six night trip to either Samoa, Rarotonga, Hawaii or Tahiti. While on the island, rangatahi will participate in a 3-day filmmaking workshop in teams with local youth. The goal is to produce a short film that will screen to the community on the final day of the workshop. These films will also be screened at Māoriland Film Festival 2018 and may be submitted to other national and international film festivals.
  3. The Organiser will arrange and subsidise domestic and international airfares, accommodation, travel, tours on the islands and all meals.
  4. The selected Rangatahi film leaders will each be required to contribute $450* towards the costs of the travel and workshops. The Organiser encourages selected Rangatahi Film Leaders to fundraise and will provide information to assist with these efforts
  5. Two fully paid scholarship places* will be awarded to Rangatahi Film Leaders presenting exceptional talent. These scholarship places mean that the rangatahi does not have to pay the contribution of $450 as this will be fully paid for by the Organiser. These scholarships will be at the discretion of the Organiser and will be decided at the finalist’s workshop.
  6. Personal spending money is additional and the responsibility of the rangatahi.
  7. This offer is not redeemable for cash, not transferable to any other person, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.
  8. The Organisers reserve the right to limit entry, cancel, or amend the offer at its own and sole discretion.

E. Privacy

  1. The information provided on the entry form will be used to contact the Project finalists. The names of the finalists and Rangatahi Film Leaders will be published on the Māoriland Film Festival website. In addition, the finalists consent to the Organisers using their names and suburb/town for promotional purposes.
  2. The finalists consent to participate and co-operate as required in all promotional activities relating to the Project.
  3. The entry forms will not be returned. The Organisers may contact Entrants to provide feedback on their Entries.
  4. All information provided by the Entrants will be collected, used, stored, disclosed and corrected in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993. All Entrants have the right to access their information and request that any personal information held to be corrected.

F. Exclusions

  1. The Organisers reserve the right to exclude any Entrant from participating in the Project at its sole discretion. The Organisers also reserve the right to refuse to award a place to an Entrant who is in breach of the Terms and Conditions or won a place by using fraudulent means.
  2. The Organisers will not be liable for any claims for loss, damage or injury whatsoever or for any physical or mental injury suffered by any Entrant or finalist as a result of, or in connection with, the Project or any prize won in the Project.
  3. The Organisers reserve the right to amend or change the Terms and Conditions at any time at their sole discretion, including extending, postponing or cancelling the Project.
  4. The Terms and Conditions shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of New Zealand and shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of New Zealand courts.

If you have any questions, please contact Rangatahi Co-ordinator Madeleine de Young on [email protected] 


THROUGH OUR LENS: Filmmaking in Te Moananui a Kiwa