For the second year, Wairoa Maori Film Festival is supporting the Sydney Maori Business Network who is hosting the Aotearoa Maori Film Festival. In 2014, screenings expand to include both Sydney (22 & 23 August) and Brisbane/Gold Coast (5 & 6 September). Check out the Official Festival Website

Special guests of the festival in Sydney include Renae Maihi and Helena Bethune.


MANA WAIROA SHORTS 2014 is a collection of Maori shorts all directed by Maori wahine directors, screening at the Aotearoa NZ Film Festival at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Wairoa Maori Film Festival is proud to be a part of this prestigious film festival at the premiere arts centre of Hawai'i.
Festival Website >


Wairoa Maori Film Festival is sponsoring the screening of two very special Maori-themed films at this year's Doc Utah film festival in St. George, Utah. Watch this Space!


The FortyTigers screen collective are a bunch of kids from Aotearoa who grew up watching classic New Zealand films.

They love New Zealand film so much that in June this year they started making a short documentary about the love affair between Māori and Cinema. They wanted to talk to people about their early experiences with film.

With the support of a few mates they pulled together a small crew and drove to Nuhaka to the Wairoa Māori Film Festival to interview the festival organisers, watch movies, meet the filmmakers, hang out with some of the audience members and interview some of the locals.

When they got back to Auckland and watched the footage they realised how inspiring the interviews were and how willing people were to talk about Māori cinema. They were so impressed by the people they met and the stories they shared that it made them think twice about the potential of our short documentary - maybe we could develop it into a full length feature film and take it on the road?

And now they've put together a trailer and are fundraising for their film on BOOSTED!

The Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2014 is a collection of Māori and Pasifika short films curated by Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), Director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, with guest curator Craig Fasi (Niue), Pollywood Film Festival Director. Screening at New Zealand International Film Festival 2014. See the full programme >    Check out the NZIFF site >


Mana Wairoa. The Maori & Indigenous
Film Festival of Aotearoa.


The WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL is a celebration of Maori and indigenous film held at Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, New Zealand, each year. Master-carved Kahungunu Marae is famed for featuring in BROKEN BARRIER directed by John O'Shea in the 1950s, with people from Nuhaka and Mahia acting and performing in the film.

After our home festival, we then take Maori films across New Zealand under the banner of Kia Ora Shorts, and curate the Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika programme of the NZ International Film Festival.

In 2013, we spread our wings internationally. We partnered with the Sydney Maori Business Network to present the inaugural Aotearoa Maori Film Festival in Sydney, Australia. And we curated films for events in Finland, Fiji and Hamburg, Germany.

This year, we have co-presented a programme of Maori films at the Te Nati Film Festival in French Polynesia (Tahiti). Kia Ora Shorts are screening in Invercargill and Auckland. And the Aotearoa Maori Film Festival is expanding to include both Sydney and Brisbane.

Our 2014 festival was a great success, with film makers gathered from across Aotearoa, and special guests from Poland, Hawaii, USA, Samoa, Tahiti and the Cook Islands. Check out our new Facebook page for all the news and our Tumblr blog for all the photos!

Next year is our 10th! Join us in 2015!

Nau Mai! Nau Mai! Haere Mai!

Friday May 29 to Monday June 1, 2015 * Matariki
Queen's Birthday Weekend
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa, Aotearoa




Photographs by Linda T. all now uploaded on our Flickr account.


Nuhaka & Morere

Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, and its smaller adjacent whare Te Tahinga Marae, is home every year for a full weekend of screenings of new Maori and global indigenous film making. Each year, we partnered with the local Morere Hot Springs community with extended opening hours at the pools, a shuttle to and from the marae, and a very special closing night celebration at the Morere Hall at the Morere Tea Rooms.

Come join us at a film festival like no other! Nau Mai! Nau Mai! Haere Mai! 

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Te Nati Film Festival

The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is partnering with the Te Nati Film Festival to present a programme of Maori short films in Tahiti in April. Te Nati Film Festival will then bring a programme of Tahitian shorts to New Zealand in June.

Te Nati →


Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc.

Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc.

Koanga Garden

Koanga Garden

Sydney Maori Business Network

Sydney Maori Business Network