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 take emerging producers to the next level of opportunities and success. They will participate in an intensive initiative that builds capacity through the guidance of international and local industry experts.
ABBA-ROSE DINAH VAIAOGA-IOASA (Samoa)
Abba-Rose Dinah started her career in the film industry working as one of the Associate producers on the hit independent feature film Three Wise Cousins in 2016. At the time she was also working as a process engineer. She went on to produce Hibiscus & Ruthless (2018), Same But Different (Associate Producer, 2018) and most recently produced Take Home Pay (2019). She is focused on building her knowledge of the screen industry and continuing to produce content which brings authentic stories to life.
ANGELA CUDD (Māori – Ngāti Porou, Ngātiwai, Te-Whānau-ā-Apanui)
Angela is a Māori and Kiwi Producer with 6+ years’ experience in production and credits that include The Breaker Upperers, Filthy Rich and Cousins. Angela has built a career supporting local stories like these that hold meaning, have distinctly Māori or Kiwi content and the potential for international appeal. In 2017, she began producing fluent content for Māori Television with the aim of moving into the drama space. She is currently producing a yet-to-be-announced comedy series for TVNZ On Demand and Aho Shorts Soul Healing and One Last Fish – with several other projects in development.
HALAIFONUA (Nua) FINAU (Tonga)
A proud Tongan, born and raised in Aotearoa NZ, Nua is a family man and has been working in film and television in NZ for over 15 years. He is a writer and producer on Panthers, a television drama series now in development. He was a co-writer for Jonah, a NZ television drama series about rugby legend Jonah Lomu and produced Baby Mama’s Club 2, a popular web-series. He is currently writing and producing his first feature film Dox, which has received development funding. Koe tau taimi eni. Ko e ‘Otua mo Tonga ko hoku Tofi’a.
Hweiling Ow’s first short film concept T is for Talk has garnered over 2 million views online. The success of this film led Hweiling to create the anthology horror series Ao-Terror-Oa, funded by YouTube and NZ On Air. She also created a couple of short films for Crypt TV that currently have over 18 million views and has further produced AFK: S2, Tales of Nai Nai, and The Basement available on TVNZ OnDemand and HeiHei. In these new Covid-19 times, she hopes that the local film industry will continue to take chances and risks on new story-tellers, as film and television is often the place for a person’s first interaction with a new concept or idea. She is very excited to be part of this program and is looking forward to learning and sharing the knowledge with the rest of her PASC community.
JAIMEE POIPOI (Māori – Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi)
Jaimee has worked in a variety of roles within the NZ Film and Television industry. From working on a range of productions such as The Weight of Elephants, Power Rangers and the latest Avatar movie, to VFX projects like Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, The BFG and War for the Planet of the Apes. Independently, she has directed and produced a number of short films through Electric Shoelace Productions such as Krystal which was selected in the 2019 NZIFF NZ Best Shorts, and is excited to take the next step in her career, using her wide range of skills and experience to work with friends and produce content that makes people laugh.
Kim Webby is a filmmaker with thirty years experience in the NZ film and television industries. Of Eurasian descent she has strong links to Ngāi Tuhoe. Kim is currently in advanced development with the NZ Film Commission on a feature documentary about indigenous whaling. She directed and co-produced her first feature length documentary The Price of Peace in 2015. It received five awards internationally and in NZ. Over three decades, Kim has directed dozens of television documentaries and long-form series for television and worked as a freelance reporter.
MARIA TANNER (Cook Islands Māori)
Maria Tanner is a visual storyteller from the Cook Islands currently based in Aotearoa. Originally from a current affairs background, Maria has since shifted her practise into the creative content creation space production coordinating the feature film Vai, Producer’s EA on The Legend of Baron To’a and she will step into the assistant producing space with Tikilounge later this year.
Michelle is an Emmy-nominated actress with work spanning New Zealand, Australia and the USA. She has had the privilege of working with top directors such as Jane Campion, Jodie Foster and Steven Soderbergh. Her performances have been at festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Berlin. She produced her first feature For Izzy, attended the Sundance Director Lab in 2018 and has directed music videos. She is currently in post-production for her self-funded short film Nai (Milk), which she wrote, directed and produced in Los Angeles.
NATHANIEL HOWE (Māori – Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Wai, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu)
Nathaniel is a social entrepreneur with a focus on connecting creativity with culture. He is an experienced television presenter, director, and now producer of Māori Television’s new music series Waiata Nation, and He Wai Pai coming soon. He has a strong skill set in visual storytelling. He is also an award winning music artist and manager alongside Maimoa Music.
NICOLE HORAN (Māori – Ngāti Maniapoto)
Nicole has been at the forefront of Māori programming for over a decade. An advocate for diversity, NZ stories and Te Reo Māori me ngā tikanga for all audiences. She worked as a Series and Development producer for Warner Bros International Television NZ and was the Head of Internal Production at Māori Television before starting her own company, Hi Mama Productions. Producing credits include All or Nothing: The New Zealand All Blacks (Amazon Prime), The Bachelor NZ (TV3), Celebrity Treasure Island (TVNZ2) and Toa Hunter Gatherer (Māori Television).
Pachali started Normal Company in 2019. She has fifteen years of experience writing, directing, and indie-producing creative work for stage, screen, and the internet. She is the facilitator of the Emerging Women Filmmakers Network in Wellington, a community for women who are passionate about filmmaking. She is also the founder of The ShoeString Film / Theatre Challenge, aimed at fostering creativity and making arts accessible for performers and audiences.
VEA MAFILE’O (Tonga)
A freelance television and film director, producer and artist who has filmed and exhibited extensively throughout the Pacific. For My Father’s Kingdom is Vea’s debut feature which had its World Premiere at the prestigious Berlinale Film Festival 2019, and won a Jury Award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. It is the first Pacific Island feature documentary funded by the NZ Film Commission, and the first feature film directed and produced by a Tongan female. Her short film Toaipuapuaga – Strength in Suffering, also had its international Premiere at Berlinale and won Vea the Moana Best Pasifika Non-Fiction Director at Wairoa Māori Film Festival. Vea has directed television such as TVNZ’s Fresh, Tagata Pasifika and for the web portal Coconet.TV