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Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika Shorts 2016

A collection of M?ori and Pasifika short films curated by Leo Koziol (Ng?ti Kahungunu, Ng?ti Rakaipaaka), director of the Wairoa M?ori Film Festival, with guest co-curator Craig Fasi (Niue), director of the Pollywood Film Festival. This year’s expression of ‘ng? whanaunga’ – which means relatedness and connectedness between peoples – is realised with films from Aotearoa, Hawaii, Tahiti and Australia. The name was suggested by Leo’s mother, the late Huia Kaporangi Koziol, who was fluent in te reo M?ori as a speaker, reader and writer. Curators’ comments on each film appear in italics. The Chief’s Speech (to the United Nations) 2015 6 minutes DIRECTOR/SCREENPLAY Vilsoni Hereniko (Rotuman) Chief Telematua’s impassioned speech may well change your understanding of climate change. A plea from Moana-Nui-A-Kiwa to the people of the world, a coda for our age. — LK The Spectacular Imagination of the P?hara Brothers 2015 8 minutes DIRECTOR/SCREENPLAY Tod d Karehana (M?ori) Two brothers try to help their mother pay her power bill before the power is disconnected in 24 hours. A touching story of two boys with nothing but their imagination to help support their solo mum in an impoverished community. — CF Smiths Ave 2015 10 minutes DIRECTOR/SCREENPLAY Robert George (NZ M?ori/Cook Island M?ori) An unexpected call from his estranged father leads a young man to ponder events from his childhood. The soundscape takes you back in time and thought to marry you to an idea: basketball is clarity. — CF The Lost Pearl 2015 20 minutes DIRECTOR Temuera Morrison (M?ori) PRODUCER Tiairani Drollet-Le Caill (Tahitian Maohi) A life-changing event sends a young man back to Tahiti where he discovers a family he never knew. In his directing debut, Morrison presents a poignant parable of a young man’s yearning to find his roots – and a first love. — LK Blackbird 2015 13 minutes DIRECTOR/SCREENPLAY Amie Batalibasi (Solomon Islander) A story i nspired by the little-known history of Australia’s ‘sugar slaves’. Blackbirding was a cruel practice barely a notch below slavery. Amie’s story shines with both pain and beauty. — LK Stevo 2015 15 minutes DIRECTOR Heather Hayward A Wellington security guard brings traditional M?ori ways of trade and barter to his life in the city. Stevo lives in the big smoke and makes a simple living as a security guard by day, and bartering with locals after hours. Insightful and intimate. — CF ?kaip? Whenua 2016 17 minutes DIRECTOR/SCREENPLAY Kararaina Rangihau (M?ori) PRODUCER Hineani Melbourne (M?ori) In the misty mountains surrounding Lake Waikaremoana, another generation is poised to inherit the land. Tinged with sadness; Kararaina has crafted in her work a window into the beating heart of a time and place – Tuai, Te Wairoa, today. — LK

1hr 29mins long

Various Directors
Various Actors