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                                                Master Carver Pine Taiapa at work on Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, in the 1940s.

                                                Master Carver Pine Taiapa at work on Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, in the 1940s.

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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, curate the Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika programme of the NZ International Film Festival, and send films overseas to various film festivals around the world.

We've partnered with the Sydney Maori Business Network to present the Aotearoa Maori Film Festival in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia. And we curated films for events in Finland, Fiji and Hamburg, Germany.

We've co-presented a programme of Maori films at the T-Tahiti Film Festival in French Polynesia (Tahiti) which then went on to also screen at the Aotearoa NZ Film Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

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!

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

 

FESTIVAL 2014 POSTER & CATALOGUE

 

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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MAORI FILM LETTER

DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT OUR INDEPENDENT SISTER NEWS WEBSITE, THE MAORI FILM LETTER AT MANAWAIROA.COM, FOR THE LATEST NEWS FROM AOTEAROA, TORONTO AND HAWAII! 

CALL FOR ENTRIES 2015
ARE NOW CLOSED

Entries to the Wairoa Maori Film Festival are now closed. Terms and Conditions of Entry are still available for review on the form, and on our Terms and Conditions page. Here is an archival link to our entry forms:

FESTIVAL ENTRY FORM 2015 MS WORD

FESTIVAL ENTRY FORM 2015 PDF

SCENES FROM A MAORI FILM FESTIVAL (2014)

 

OUR FRIENDS AND SPONSORS

Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc.

Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc.

 
Koanga Garden

Koanga Garden

 
Sydney Maori Business Network

Sydney Maori Business Network