7.30 pm Friday June 2, Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka
10.30 am Sunday June 4, Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa

KIRIATA MAORI: Maori Shorts 2017 (61 min)

A collection of new short films all directed by Maori directors, some screening for the first time!

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2017 3 min NZ
The latest music video from Toni Huata tells a story of her home village of Mohaka.


Director/Writer Dave Whitehead (Māori) 2017 15 min NZ

Set in New Zealand in the 1970s, Possum is a tale of two young brothers who accompany their lumberjack father to a forest campsite. At odds with each other, the two hatch a plan to head into the woods and hunt for a notorious possum named Scar. Possum is a short film based on a true story between director Dave Whitehead and his older brother Nathan, based on when they grew up in rural Wairoa.


Director/Writer Becs Arahanga (Māori) Producer Julian Arahanga 2017 10 mins  NZ

A funny, light-hearted, and cringingly relatable story about love life after marriage. Starring Aidee Walker and Jarod Rawiri.


Director Qianna Titore (Maori) Producer Eloise Veber

Exec Producer Michael Bennett (Maori) 2017 9 min NZ

A coming of age drama set in the Far North’s Hokianga harbour. On the day that 14-year-old Natalie is given a precious waiata composed by her deceased Koro, she is unexpectedly thrown into a journey that will leave her changed forever.


Directors Jared Flitcroft (Maori, Deaf) & Jack O’Donnell 2017 9 min NZ

Tama is the result of a unique collaboration between deaf and hearing filmmakers. Tama is about a young Maori deaf boy who wants to learn the Haka. On a near fatal car trip, Tama has to confront his family. In his struggle he begins to grow from an undervalued youth into a proud young man.


Director/Writer Renae Maihi (Māori) 2016 15 min NZ/USA

In the city that never sleeps wanders a ghost that cannot rest. ImagineNative 2016.