Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2019

Violence, offensive language, rape themes & deals with suicide
English, Pukapukan, Samoan & Te Reo Māori

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 co-curator Craig Fasi (Niue), director of the Pollywood Film Festival.

Our Atoll Speaks: Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Wenua

2019 | Gemma Cubero del Barrio

A meditation on sustainability from the remote Pukapuka atoll in the Cook Islands. A serenade of narrative and captivating imagery – a political cry for help.


2018 | Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa)

A young Māori girl drifts into a world of make-believe when her mother leaves her – and her father – to fend for themselves. A tribute to the realities of solo parenting – touching and insightful.


2018 | Jeremiah Tauamiti

A court interpreter in colonial Samoa risks everything to help a wrongfully convicted chief. In the time of King George VI, it was a time for guardianship of indigenous history as truth.

Ways to See

2019 | Jessica Sanderson(Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga & Te Āti Awa)

A young Māori girl attempts to use mystical powers to reconnect with her absent father. A mysterious woman, beautiful and otherworldly, comes for a visit.

2019 | Awanui Simich-Pene (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Apakura)

A pregnant woman must fight for her life when she inadvertently becomes the victim of a violent initiation. A routine whānau errand turns dark in this unexpected native noir. — LK

Yellow Roses

2019 | Paula Whetu Jones (Whakatōhea, Te Aitanga ā Māhaki, Ngāti Porou)

An elderly Māori woman who pines for the company of her husband enlists the services of a male escort. Vicky Haughton shines in a story of lost love reawakened. — LK

( NZIFF 2019 )

Session Times

Sun 25 August 2019
1:00 pm
No Comps