The first ever screening of new documentary NATIVE IN NUHAKA was held as part of the Wairoa Maori Film Awards night.


 Award winning director Hiona Henare presents this warm and heartfelt short documentary based on a small village in New Zealand where the community gather each year to support Leo Koziol, their local film buff, and his international Maori film festival.

Set against the back drop of the annual Wairoa Maori film festival in idyllic Nuhaka, where local and international filmmakers gather annually to celebrate indigenous films and storytelling. Now in its 12th year, the Wairoa Maori film festival is the first and only film festival in New Zealand run by a local Maori whanau, the Koziol family.

Huia Kaporangi Koziol, Leo Koziol, Arthur Williams, George Nuku, Tracey Tawhiao, Jordan Koziol, Rebecca Batistich, Matthew Randall, Geoff Hole, Ngahiwi Tomoana and Shannon Mckenzie.

Produced by: Hiona Henare & Louisa Tipene Opetaia
Associate Producers: Leo Koziol, Brendon King, Jenny Fraser & Nicola Anne Smith
Executive Producer: Hiona Henare
Editors: Hiona Henare & Craig Commanda
Camera: Hiona Henare & Gabriel Muller
Sound: Gabriel Muller
Second Unit: Paul Janman & Chelcie Harman
Music Score: Craig Commanda