cover_brownbook1The Brown book is a guide to working with Māori in Screen Production. It also provides a history of Māori activism in the screen sector.

Nga Aho Whakaari published the book in 2013 and provides an online version here for easy access.

The Brown Book was written by former Chair,  Dr Ella Henry and the legendary Melissa Wikaire.  

It added content to the previous work called Working with Māori in Screen Production (2012). which was a companion volume to Te Urutahi Koataata: Working with Māori in Film and Television (2008). Written by  Bradford Haami and published by Nga Aho Whakaari with the support of NZ Film Commission and Te uni Korkiri,  It is a more comprehensive guide which is currently being updated by Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga/ NZFC.


Both these publications are a very helpful guide to preparing yourself for a future in the industry. Also register with Nga Aho Whakaari to access helpful information on funding and stay abreast of issues affecting Māori in the industry.

Download The Brown Book

Download Working With Maori in Screen Production

Te Urutahi Koataata: Working with Māori in Film and Television (2008)

Te Iringa Strategy Report August 09

Nelson Hui: The Brown Book Updates

The Brown Book chapter links:

  1. https://ngaahowhakaari.co.nz/the-brown-book-intro/
  2. https://ngaahowhakaari.co.nz/chapter-one-origins-of-the-book/
  3. https://ngaahowhakaari.co.nz/konae-whakaata/
  4. https://ngaahowhakaari.co.nz/chapter-two-maori-and-the-screen-industry/
  5. https://ngaahowhakaari.co.nz/chapter-three-working-with-maori-in-the-screen-industry/
  6. https://ngaahowhakaari.co.nz/appendices/
  7. https://ngaahowhakaari.co.nz/2013-brown-book-interviews/