About Us

“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.

WHO ARE NGĀ AHO WHAKAARI?

Ngā Aho Whakaari 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.

MISSION

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

BACKGROUND

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.

HE AHA TE MAHI O NGĀ AHO WHAKAARI?

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 direct communication with Minister of Maori development and we holds a seat on the Board of Te Putahi Paho (Maori television electoral board) soon to be replaced by Te Mātāwai (the new Te Reo Māori Board) and our previous Chair Ms Whetu Fala is now a member of the Maori Television Service Board.

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.

 

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