Ko Ohinemataroa te awa
Ko Ngāti Kaura raua ko Mahurehure ngā hapu
I started in television as I saw it as an effective method to promote, inform & entertain in our language and tikanga for our own people - I still do. I was a foundation member of Māori Programmes Dept at TVNZ & Waka Huia series, foundation member of TV3, worked at ATN, ED of Internal Productions at MTS, producer of Waka Huia at TVNZ. Produced drama & co-creator of Moko Toa special effects te reo Māori series, produced short films, 13 Days Out, The Winter Boy, Ūkaipō Whenua. Executive Director of several short films, presently working on feature documentary and drama and writing. The Māori screen industry is undergoing great changes and we need to have a clear vision of what we want as tangata whenua and put effective strategies in place to achieve our goals and to ensure Māori are partners in the decision making at all levels. We also need to address the lack of Māori women in decision making roles throughout the screen industry. Te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori and our relationship with our communities are the heart and soul of all our endeavours.