Welcome to new CEO

Ngā Aho Whakaari hosted a pōwhiri in Tāmaki Makaurau on Tuesday, July 19th for David Strong, the Tumu Whakarae hou / new CEO of Te Tumu Whakāta Taonga / the NZ Film Commission.  Local creatives representing other screen industry guilds, such as WIFT – Women in Film & Television, PISA – Pacific Islands Screen Artists, […]

Briar Grace-Smith talks Cousins, Netflix and progress in Māori filmmaking

2021 WIFT Mana Wahine recipient, Briar Grace-Smith. (Credit: Soldiers Rd Portraits). by Kayne Peters Award winning playwright and filmmaker Briar Grace-Smith of Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Wai is the recipient of the 2021 Women In Film and Television (WIFT NZ) Mana Wahine Award.  Her feature film Cousins is on its way to gaining worldwide attention after […]

Dame Hinewehi – more Māori content for everyone

By Kayne Peters. Hinewehi Mohi, acclaimed screen producer, singer and passionate advocate for te reo Māori of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāi Tūhoe was appointed a Dame champion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to Māori, music and television in the 2021 Queens Birthday honours this year.  The award winning television producer, […]

Māori winners at the New Zealand Television Awards

MIHINGĀRANGI FORBES WINS BEST NZ NEWS PRESENTER, CHALLENGES STATE BROADCASTERS FOR MĀORI NEWS IN PRIME TIME  The NZ television industry gathered this week to celebrate the sector’s collective achievements at the New Zealand Television Awards. Māori screen practitioners were nominated and won in many of the 40 categories.  It was an extremely proud moment for […]

He Maimai Aroha – A tribute to Bill Gosden by Leo Koziol

Bill Gosden was Festival Director of the NZ International Film Festival for almost forty years, and established a relationship with the Wairoa Māori Film Festival to create the annual Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika shorts. Leo Koziol reflects on Bill’s genius, at the sad news of his passing. Growing up in Aotearoa, the NZ International Film Festival […]

Hā ki Roto – Hinengaro Health with Dr. Hinemoa Elder on Zoom

Join us and Dr. Hinemoa Elder (Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) for Zoom sessions about hinengaro and mental health. Take some time from your busy schedule to practice self-care: tiaki your tinana, hinengaro, wairua. The free sessions are on Zoom on Thursdays, November 19 and 26 at 6:30-7pm. Rehita mai: https://forms.gle/dKxPC9UE7ENvdQkZ8 These sessions […]

‘Story Sovereignty’ Round Table

Thursday 1 October at 7pm. Nau mai e te whānau. Members of Ngā Aho Whakaari, the Pan-Asian Screen Collective and Pacific Island Screen Artists are invited to join us for a timely discussion on Story Sovereignty. Facilitated by Dr. Shuchi Kothari, this frank and insightful discussion features Hanelle Harris (creator of SIS, Baby Mamas Club), […]

Ngā Aho Shorts 2020 – Call for Submissions

Ngā Aho Shorts 2020 Call for Submissions Opens: Monday 17th August 2020 Closes: Monday 14th September 2020 Ngā Aho Whakaari (NAW) are calling for short film scripts from Māori writers. We are looking for key Māori creative teams, that is the Producer, Director and Writer. The writer can also be the director. If you have […]

FREE Online Workshops

Ngā Aho Whakaari presents two free online workshops this week. Writers Workshop Monday, 7th Sept 7-8:30pm Features writer/director Tim Worrall (Ngai Tūhoe, Te Arawa) Producers Workshop Thursday, 10th Sept 7-8:30pm Features producer Ainsley Gardiner (Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Awa) Both workshops will be held over Zoom. To register, send an email to: pa@ngaahowhakaari.co.nz If you […]

Big Screen Symposium Scholarships

We have FIVE scholarships available for NAW members to attend the Big Screen Symposium in Auckland on 9 -10 October 2020. Each scholarship includes a ticket to the two-day event. If you live outside Auckland, there is also a travel grant as a contribution towards your travel costs. $250 is available if travelling from Te […]

Heperi Mita joins NZ On Air

Ngā mihi nui to Ngā Aho Whakaari Board Member Heperi Mita. Today he joins the NZ On Air team. Hepi will join NZOA’s Funding team as an advisor, bringing his skills and insights as an independent filmmaker, a Māori Collections Archivist, a public speaker, an assessor for Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga – the NZ Film […]


Ngā Aho Whakaari (Māori in Screen Production), PASC (Pan-Asian Screen Collective) and members of the Pasifika screen community have come together to address the need for more culturally diverse producers in the NZ film industry. This Māori, Asian and Pasifika partnership has resulted in the MAP Screen Development: Producer Training course.  The programme seeks to […]

New initiative focuses on the future of Māori, Asian and Pasifika films in NZ

Twelve emerging screen producers of Māori, Pasifika and Pan-Asian heritage have been selected as the first cohort of a new screen development programme created to address the need for more culturally diverse producers in the NZ screen industry.  Ngā Aho Whakaari (Māori in Screen Production), PASC (Pan Asian Screen Collective) and key members of the […]

Iwi radio an essential trusted voice for Māori

In a media conference this week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was reminded to keep Māori media and especially iwi radio in mind if there’s going to be any media recovery package. She replied the government needs to continue its work bolstering the support of Māori media and that community radio needs to be continually supported. […]

Free Online Writing Webinar

Alice Shearman from the New Zealand Writers Guild will run the second of her two online workshops for Ngā Aho Whakaari. The session is FREE but you need to be registered to log in. Writers Chain of Custody Webinar Wednesday 22nd April at 6:30 pm Click here to register. *You don’t need to have been […]