Te Ara Auaha Hui with TMP – June 4th

Tēnā rā tātou e kaha hāpai nei i te Reo o o tātou Mātua mō ā tātou tamariki, mokopuna.

Te Māngai Pāho would like to invite as many members of Māori Screen Industry to a television and digital media half day wānanga to be held the day after Queens Birthday weekend in Auckland.

Date: Tuesday June 4th, 2019
Venue: Grid Auckland
Time: 0930 – 1400hrs
RSVP: due now (by close of day 24.5.19)



The half day zoom workshop with Kylie Brown (our Te Ao Pāpāho representative on Te Poari o Te Mātāwai) about how to put together a great governance CV proved very useful, as several people were in the process of putting together Board applications.

Thank you to Kylie for making herself available to our membership and giving freely of her time and advice. If you are interested in what was discussed, or in roles on boards for MTS, Te Māngai Pāho or Te Taura Whiri then please make contact.

Te Mātāwai is an independent statutory entity that provides leadership on behalf of iwi and Māori in their role as kaitiaki of the Māori language. The Crown, through Te Mātāwai, develops Māori language strategies, among other things, to support the revitalisation of te reo.

We are thrilled with the news that Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta has appointed Reikura Kahi (Waikato, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Kuki Airini), to the Board of Te Mātāwai for a three year term.
With both Kylie and Reikura on the Board, we have solid sector representation at this vital time of great change and uncertainty.

Interested in Governance Roles

Filmmakers announced for Ngā Pouwhenua Joint Indigenous Initiative

Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga (NZFC) and Screen Australia announced the eight indigenous teams from New Zealand and Australia who will work on a joint anthology feature, entitled Ngā Pouwhenua in New Zealand and Cook 2020: Our Right of Reply in Australia.

The teams will each create a short chapter for the feature film, which will provide an Indigenous perspective on the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s maiden voyage to the Pacific.
Mitchell Stanley (Servant or Slave) from Australia, and Bailey Mackey (All or Nothing; New Zealand All Blacks, assistant producer on Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and Mia Henry-Teirney (Baby Mama’s Club) from New Zealand have been chosen as co-producers and will collaborate with the teams to develop their concepts and the overarching narrative.

The teams and producers are attending a four-day development workshop at Shark Island Institute in Australia’s Kangaroo Valley to develop the eight individual concepts into a cohesive, dramatic film.

The filmmakers from New Zealand are:

 – Television producer, director and writer Tiraroa Debra Reweti who will be working on her first film project with Elise Francis, a producer who gained on television series Pūmanawa, and has recently production managed Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen. They are joined by Chantelle Burgoyne who has written and directed short films Tatau and Sista, and worked in production on films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

– Writer/director Renae Maihi. Maihi recently wrote and directed a short film for Waru, an acclaimed anthology of eight short films created by Māori women which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

 – Filmmaker Richard Curtis, creator and director of television series Hunting Aotearoa, as well as short film Ahi Kaa. Curtis will work with visual artist and writer/director Tim Worrall, whose credits include award-winning short films Tits on a Bull and The Road to Whakarae.

 – Actor, writer and director Mario Gaoa, known for his work on comedy series Bro-Town. Joining Gaoa is Miki Magasiva, a director who has worked on short films such as Brother and Uso which won the Dream Digital Award at Hawaii International Film Festival.

The Politics of Representation on Screen – Script to Screen Event

Tautoko this panel discussion from filmmakers who are sharing their experiences finding the sweet spot between great stories and responsible representation.

How do you stay true to your story while satisfying the audience’s expectations for your character is tough at the best of times, but what about when those characters are the first of their kind on screen?

This will be an interesting kōrero with Shuchi Kothari (Coffee & Allah, Apron Strings, A Thousand Apologies), Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa (Three Wise Cousins, Hibiscus & Ruthless) and Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu (Waru, Ani) as they talk candidly about their experiences balancing and navigating this issue.

When: Tuesday 21 May, 6:30pm
Where: Galatos, 17 Galatos St, Auckland.
Cost: $5 cash on the door

Script to Screen invite you to stay for a drink and a free slice of pizza. Parking in the area is free from 6pm, or the Mercury Lane parking building is close by.

Doc Edge, Beach House Pictures (Singapore) and the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono have announced a new internship which will see recipients working with one of Asia’s leading production houses in Singapore. The two-month internship is being offered to documentary filmmakers with two to five years’ experience, and is a unique opportunity to work on documentaries for international audiences in a supportive setting. To be eligible for the internship, applicants must register and attend the two-day Doc Edge Forum in Auckland, 31 May – 1 June. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed during the Forum by representatives of Doc Edge, Beach House Pictures and the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

The successful applicant will receive:
1) an honorarium for the period of the internship from Beach House Pictures.
2) travel and accommodation support along with some additional living allowance from the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Applications close at 5pm on 24 May, 2019.


Documentary makers with an ear for a good story, it’s time to sharpen your pitches! Doc Edge and Audible have created the Doc Edge Audible Pitch Programme 2019, a new audio documentary initiative designed to expand the scope of contemporary nonfiction storytelling. Your idea for an audio documentary must be able to sustain an entertaining narrative-based audio production of 3-6 hours, and you’ll need a clear rationale for why audio is the best format for the content. Up to eight project ideas will be shortlisted.
Selected applicants will have to attend Doc Edge Forum (31 May – 1 June, 2019) in Auckland where they will have the opportunity to pitch to Audible’s representative. Each pitching team will have 10 minutes to pitch their idea. Up to a total of $10,000 development funding will be distributed across the pitching initiative to successful projects.


Wairoa Film Festival Programme

Whetu Fala – Mana Wahine 2019

The 2019 recipient of the WIFT NZ Mana Wāhine Award is Whetu Fala (Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Maru ki Taranaki, Samoa. Rotuma).

This award will be presented at the Wairoa Māori Film Festival Gala Awards dinner on Saturday June 1.

Whetu Fala is an entrepreneur and creative, infused with te wairua auaha, the creative spirit. She has owned Fala Media for over twenty years. Whetu has produced, directed and edited hundreds of hours of television, including drama, documentaries, reality series and short films since starting at TVNZ in 1988.
A former Chair and Administration Officer for Ngā Aho Whakaari we are thrilled with this announcement – it is well deserved.
Ka nui te mihi aroha ki a koe e te tuakana.

Fresh Eggs co-creator/co-writer Nick Ward and lead director Britta Hawkins take us behind-the-scenes into the creative process of making television. DEGNZ and NZWG members are warmly invited to join us for this Screenlink Q&A moderated by Gaysorn Thavat. Fresh Eggs is the new six-part black comedy on TVNZ 2, which follows a couple’s quest for “the good life” that goes wickedly awry.

WHEN:  Mon 27 May, 6PM. Talk kicks off at 6:30PM.
WHERE: Horse & Trap, 3 Enfield St, Mount Eden, Auckland

Nibbles provided.

DEGNZ / NZWG members – Free
Non-members – $5 koha appreciated

A joint event between the Directors and Editors Guild of NZ and the New Zealand Writers Guild

 48 hours  Enter NOW

If telling stories is your passion and you’re up for a bit of fun and furious filming then consider applying for 48hours. They are open NOW for entries, but you will need to get in early for a discount.
As well as being an amazing experience of incredibly fast turnaround production there are some great prizes on offer too.
You could win starter VFX packs (smoke, dust, flare, glow, grain), guaranteed to give your 48Hour film some authentic winter atmosphere.
Registration for the earlybird discount closes 11:59pm, 12 June.



Ten drama series have been selected for development funding through the NZ On Air and the NZ Film Commission initiative Raupapa Whakaari Drama to the World to develop distinctive, high-end scripted series.
Congratulations to all – especially pleased to see Carey Carter, Kath Akuhata Brown, Briar Grace-Smith, Carmen Leonard, Victor Roger, Desray Armstrong and Lee Tamahori in the mix.  Kia kaha koutou mā.

The ten successful projects are:

  • (*Not Her Real Name)
    Pip Hall / Carmen J Leonard / Deborah Cope
  • All of Me
    Daniel Musgrove / Natalie Medlock / Shoshana McCallum / Peter Salmon
  • Chasing Pure
    Carey James Carter / Gavin Strawhan / Rachel Lang / Steven Ivan Zanoski
  • Dreamhunter
    Roxane Gajadhar / Angela Littlejohn
  • Drunk Poetry
    Briar Grace-Smith / Victor Roger / Desray Armstrong
  • O
    Donna Malane / Paula Boock / Carthew Neal
  • Rockburn
    Hannah Marshall / David de Lautour / Gareth Williams / Kelly Martin
  • Ruatoria
    Kath Akuhuta-Brown / Greg McGee / Philippa Rennie / Robin Scholes / Lee Tamahori
  • The Different Girl
    Alison Maclean / Philippa Campbell
  • The Harder They Fall
    Matthew Saville / Luke Sharpe / Gerard Johnstone

Raupapa Whakaari


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