Board Member
Iwi: Te Rarawa

Ko Terangihaukaha te maunga
Ko Tangonge te roto
Ko Tinana te waka
Ko Te Rarawa te iwi
Ko Te Rarawa te marae
Ko Ngāti te Ao te hapū
Ko Tomoana te tangata
Ko Tipene te whānau
Ko Louisa ahau
Tihei mauri ora!

Louisa is a communications specialist with over 20 years experience in public relations, marketing, broadcast and print media. Of Māori and Samoan descent, she was born in NZ and moved overseas as a child. She has returned to Aotearoa after almost three decades living in Australia, Japan and the USA.
She founded the Aotearoa NZ Film Festival in Honolulu, Hawai’i in 2012. She serves on the Board of PIFT (Pacific Islanders in Film & Television) and Kaporangi Kiriata (Wairoa Māori Film Festival and Māori Film Week in Tāmaki Makaurau).
As an Account Manager with Bright Sunday she has worked on the Marketing, Social Media and Publicity for NZ films One Thousand Ropes, Gary of the Pacific, Waru, The Breakers Upperers, Māui’s Hook and she Produced the short film Native in Nuhaka.

I am on a journey to reconnect with this whenua, my iwi, and my whānau. My mission is to counter the mentality that Māori are "globally hot and locally not" by using my personal and professional experiences to empower Māori and Pasifika creatives. Serving on the NAW Board will enable me to accomplish my mission. Overseas, I started an NZ Film Festival to share our stories with the world. Now I’m home I want to help creatives tell our stories.