“E kore te Tōtara e tū noa i te pārae, engari me tū i te wao.”

“The Tōtara does not stand lonely on the plain, but stands in the forest.”
Ngā Aho Whakaari – invoking our members and supporters to work in unity for the betterment of our people, language, customs and prestige. And, of course, our stories.


Ngā Aho Whakaari, a not-for-profit Incorporated Society, is the national representative body for Māori working in screen production including film, television, digital and gaming in New Zealand. Our members range from actors, directors and independent production companies to presenters, producers, technicians, writers and broadcasting students and educators.

Ngā Aho Whakaari, means the “strands of many visions” and encapsulates our representation of the many Māori who work within the industry, the diversity of our productions and our collective aspirations.


Māori in Screen – developing our craft, careers and community.


Ngā Aho Whakaari was established in 1996, after a series of hui called by Māori film and television practitioners concerned that Māori should be accurately represented in the development of Māori broadcasting by Government.

Many of the originators of Ngā Aho Whakaari were earlier involved with Te Manu Aute, which was an informal collective of Māori filmmakers that actively lobbied for stronger Māori representation in Government decision-making about Māori film making and broadcasting in the 1980’s.


Our core mahi is Advocacy and Lobbying but we do much more than that. We assist members on a day to day basis and provide platforms where our members can up skill, network, access professionals who can help their advancement and of course help create their own work.

We have strong influence in political realms with representation on Te Mātāwai and Te Pae Tawhiti. Previous Chairs and Board members have carried our kaupapa into Boardrooms and their new positions within the screen sector.

See our Board members page for more details.

The Dominion Post Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library.
Barry Barclay, encamped in Kent and Cambridge Terraces, Wellington, protesting against racism outside the office of New Zealand on Air. Photographed by Evening Post staff photographer Phil Reid on the 16th of December 1996

Make sure to check out The Brown Book, for further information on the development of the Māori Screen Industry and to get prepared to work on your screen projects with Māori.