260710 NEWS Photo:Jason Oxenham/Fairfax Media. Maori language Week. Erina Henare-Ruia reading with her three-year-old son Maanawa at the Grey Lynn Library.
Photo:Jason Oxenham/Fairfax Media. Maori language Week. Erina Henare-Ruia reading with her three-year-old son Maanawa at the Grey Lynn Library.

Kua uhia e te kāhu o Hinetakurua

It’s the time of the running noses, coughs & sniffles. Yes winter is here.  And we are at the doorstep of Matariki.  

Mātāwai has passed into law so Ngā Aho Whakaari & Whakarūrūhau are calling for nominations to select the Media representative on Mātāwai.  The Wairoa Film Festival is next weekend in Wairoa and Nuhaka with local and international entries.   The publishing of Ngā Aho Whakaari scoping survey has caused discomfort of some as we update our Membership data.


It is with great sadness that we farewell Huia Kaporangi Koziol (12 June 1935 – 16 May 2016) Ngati Kahungunu. Ngati Rakaipaaka regarded by many as the elegant driving force behind the Wairoa Film Festival..
From an early age, Huia was a fan of and was influenced by the movies. The old LDS Hall in Nuhaka was home to movies in the village.  Huia was in John O’Shea’s film “Broken Barrier”  in the 1950s along with her uncles, father and brother

After many years overseas Huia returned to live in Nuhaka.  Huia served for eleven years on the board of Te Roopu Whakaata Maori I Te Wairoa – Wairoa Maori Film Festival Inc. Huia was instrumental in the operations of the festival, ensuring all of the “home base” plans were made at the marae, cataloguing and previewing all film entries, and was the Te Reo Maori expert for the festival.

Huia named the inaugural festival “Te Ao Mai Nga Whatu Maori” or “The World Through Maori Eyes.”. Huia named the “Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika” programme of the New Zealand International Film Festival, as an expression of “the connectedness by bloodlines between people’s across the Pacific.” Huia was instrumental in the establishment of the WIFT Wairoa Mana Wahine Award, presented since 2011.

Moe mai rā e te kuia okioki i oū mātua tūpuna.



Ngā Aho Whakaari members data base is being renewed.  With exciting events coming up like the biennial NAW Conference & the inaugural Māori Media Ariki Ball, as well as workshops, mentorships, te reo Māori feature film script writers workshops and funding for three short films you need to be members of Ngā Aho Whakaari.


Manaakitangata me ōu hoamahi
Look after your friends and whānau in the workplace.  Make sure you all get home to your loved ones safe and sound.
Ngā Aho Whakaari organised a Health & Safety workshop with Māori Television and Te Māngai Pāho in association with Screensafe NZ and Minter Ellison.
It needs to be part of your everyday planning no matter which part of the screen industry you work.  Check out screensafe.co.nz.

8f43000c-1b9e-49c7-a71b-e94220dd801b 250502cf-b508-4199-8772-ca5d4a048f61Two of our fabulous wāhine Māori have been recognized for their creativity and talents in the WIFT Mana Wāhine Awards. These will be presented at the Wairoa Film Festival.
“The WIFT NZ MANA WAHINE AWARDS FOR 2016 are jointly awarded to Nancy Brunning and Rachel for their prolific contribution to theatre and film, both in front of and behind the camera. Rachel and Nancy exemplify what it means to be Mana Wāhine and the committee strongly felt that both women needed to be awarded with this honour to acknowledge the long and very active contribution both have made to the burgeoning industry. In a year where female participation in film is looked at with scrutiny, Nancy and Rachel give stand out lead performances in two of the year’s most successful films and that on its own deserves celebration.


MĀORI TV TO RECEIVE $10.6 million – gains for all New Zealanders

Ngā Aho Whakaari Chair is pleased the guild’s recent call for increased funding for Māori film and video broadcasting and production has been answered in part by 2016 budget announcements from Minister of Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell.

“Māori Television has a received a much needed boost. All New Zealanders stand to gain from increased access to Māori television shows on whatever platforms we currently choose to use.”

The overall allocation of $34.6 million for Te Reo Māori besides the Māori Television allocation includes $12 million Te Reo Māori whānau community and community planning funds and $12 million for the establishment of Te Mātāwai.

“We are going through our Māori media candidate selection process at the moment and are yet to meet with Whakaruruhau to choose.   At the early stages we put to Te Puni Kōkiri officials for consideration of alternate candidates for the one media seat on Te Mātāwai.

This will ensure Māori media is always at the Te Mātāwai table and our production schedules (the way we make our living) don’t preclude us from participating in contributing to the revitalization of te reo Māori, something that in our recent scoping survey we published last week, that 97% of members believe passionately in.”

Ngā Aho Whakaari has called for nominations to represent Māori Broadcasting on Te Mātāwai the new organisation established under Te Ture mō te Reo Māori 2016 (The Māori Language Act 2016) to lead revitalisation of te reo Māori.
Ngā Aho Whakaari is looking for candidates to put forward to represent Media.
The knowledge, skills, and experience needed for Te Mātāwai include: Māori language proficiency, management, Māori language revitalisation, Māori culture, governance, central government operations, community development.
The nominated person would need to be a strong advocate for Māori Media and represent Ngā Aho Whakaari and Whakarūrūhau.
The nominations need to be at Ngā Aho Whakaari by Friday 27th May 2016. All persons nominated must agree to their nomination in writing. Email admin@ngaahowhakaari.co.nzngaahowhakaari.co.nz