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Māoriland Film Festival

Māoriland Film Festival is New Zealand’s premier international Indigenous Film Festival. Now into its eighth year, it is a cultural and arts event that invites New Zealanders to the Indigenous world through screen storytelling. 

Each March the Indigenous world comes together in Ōtaki, Aotearoa (New Zealand) to celebrate Indigenous screen storytelling at Māoriland Film Festival, the largest Indigenous film festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

Located on New Zealand’s Kāpiti Coast, Ōtaki is a vibrant seaside town where Māori culture and language thrives. Māoriland is celebrated for its manaakitanga and community spirit. It is a place where creatives come to heal. 

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24 - 28 March 2021
Ōtaki, Aotearoa


Visitors to Māoriland can find us in Ōtaki on the Kāpiti Coast, 80 km from Wellington Airport


UNESCO Wellington City of Film is celebrating our region’s  film community  by providing a Free bus from Wellington to Ōtaki. Everyone can ride

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

Opening Night Premiere



Travel the world through film at Māoriland




indigenous nations

days of cinema

Films for young people

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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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Red Carpet Party 

Troy Kingi

Put on your most glam outfit and walk the red carpet for the annual Māoriland Red Carpet Party. A celebration of all the filmmakers and their collaborators at MFF2021.  Featuring the multi award-winning musical artist Troy Kingi and band.


Tickets to all screenings $7.50

Book tickets now at or the Māoriland Hub

Ticket sales close 15 minutes prior to all screenings.

Screening tickets

Tickets $7.50

+ iTicket Booking Fee ($1.50) 

Industry Passes

For those working in the screen industry, these passes provide access to both industry only and public events as well as one ticket per screening.


If you love the festival and want to offer a donation, Tīkiti takoha is a way to enjoy everything the festival has to offer while offering tangible support to Māoriland



NATIVE Minds is a series of interactive discussions examining how Indigenous thinking shapes our existence and our view of the world


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Toi Matarau 2021

Ko te auahatanga, te pūmanawa o te toi whakaaro

Creativity, the intrinsic thread of artistic excellence 

Experience Toi Māori from traditional and contemporary artists both emerging and established.   Toi Matarau at the Māoriland Hub is a home for Māori and Indigenous artists to connect within a diverse community of like minded creatives.  Where visual storytelling continues to support and enrich social and economic well-being.

At MFF2021 Toi Matarau will celebrate its third annual exhibition of toi Māori with artists from the ART Confederation (Ngāti Raukawa, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Toarangatira)and across Aotearoa. Visitors can expect to see a – range of mediums such as; clay works, body adornment, weaving, carving (stone, pounamu, wood), sculpture, textile design, digital art, paintings, prints, photography, ink work, portraiture, books, as well as gift cards and film festival merchandise.     


Toi Matarau at the Māoriland Hub

68 Main Street Ōtaki
Opens March 24
11 am – 4 pm – Monday – Saturday 

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Hei Whakakitenga – 
Declaration of Indigenous Cinema

We the Indigenous screen storytellers
United in this northern corner of our mother, the earth 

In a great assembly of wisdom we declare to all nations: 

We glory in our past:

when our earth was nurturing our oral traditions 

when night sky evoked visions animated in our dreams 

when the sun and the moon became our parents in stories told 

when storytelling made us all brothers and sisters 

when our stories fostered great chiefs and leaders 

when justice was encouraged through the stories told 

We will:

hold and manage Indigenous cultural and intellectual property 

be recognised as the primary guardians and interpreters of our culture 

respect Indigenous individuals and communities 

nourish knowledge from our traditions to modern screen appearance 

use our skills to communicate with nature and all living things 

through screen storytelling heal our wounds 

through modern screen expression carry our stories to those not yet born 

And thus through motion pictures, we will make the invisible visible again.
We vow to manage our own destiny and recover our complete humanity in pride in being Indigenous screen storytellers.

Created by Åsa Simma (Sámi), with Darlene Johnson (Dunghutti). Accepted at the Indigenous Film Conference in Kautokeino, Sápmi, October 2011.