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Honouring Film Pioneers (Press Release)

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: MAORI FILM FESTIVAL PAYS TRIBUTE TO FILM PIONEERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wairoa, Aotearoa New Zealand. Tuesday March 25th 2008

COMING UP THIS MATARIKI Queen’s Birthday Weekend May 30th to June 2nd is the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, a celebration of Maori and indigenous film achievement. Now in its third incarnation, the Wairoa Maori Film Festival will this year pay tribute to three of our early film pioneers, Witarina Harris, Don Selwyn and Barry Barclay.

Opening the festival will be the classic comedy feature CAME A HOT FRIDAY, starring Don Selwyn and Billy T. James. A Mexican-Maori themed celebration will take place, including a film-makers networking hui sponsored by Nga Aho Whakaari Maori in Film & Television. Other feature films featuring Don Selwyn will be screened, including RANGI’S CATCH and THE LOST TRIBE.

“Don Selwyn was one of the founding Patrons of our festival, and we were greatly saddened by his passing last year,” says Festival Chairperson Huia Koziol, who performed in Maori drama with Don Selwyn at Ardmore Teacher’s college in the 1950s. “Don’s early support helped make the festival a reality, and his legacy will live on both on the screen and in the continued success of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival.”

The festival will honour the memory of pioneer Maori actress Witarina Harris with a piano-accompanied screening of the silent classic UNDER THE SOUTHERN CROSS. This 1927 feature film will be the Centrepiece of this year’s festival. Witarina Harris passed away early in 2007, at age 101.

Also highlighted at the festival will be the works of Barry Barclay. “Barry Barclay was special guest at the 2006 festival,” says Mrs. Koziol. “The loss of Barry to the Maori film-making community this year leaves a huge gap in our knowledge and dreamscape.”

A special screening of Barry Barclay’s feature documentary THE NEGLECTED MIRACLE will be presented. The documentary explores the plight of indigenous genetic conservation initiatives around the world, with sequences shot in Peru, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Italy, France and Australia. Also to be screened will be episodes of the TANGATA WHENUA series, which Barry Barclay directed in collaboration with John O’Shea and Michael King.

“The legacy of these three leaders in the Maori film world will live on, on screen, and in our hearts and minds at this year’s Wairoa Maori Film Festival.”

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Wairoa Maori Film Festival Dates:
MATARIKI QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND
Gaiety Cinema and Taihoa Marae, Wairoa
Friday 30th May to Monday June 2nd 2008

TRAVELLING MATARIKI FILM FESTIVAL SHOWCASE:
MIC Toi Rerehiko & Academy Cinema, Auckland, June 2008 (final dates TBC)
Paramount Cinema & NZ Film Archive Mediaplex, Wellington, June 2008 (final dates TBC)
Regent Cinema, Taumarunui, July 2008 (final dates TBC)

AUTHORISED BY: Te Roopu Whakaata Maori I Te Wairoa – Wairoa Maori Film Festival Society Inc.
C/- Box 85, Nuhaka, Wairoa District, Aotearoa New Zealand * Phone 06 837 8854 * Email: maorimovies@gmail.com

Environmental Theme (Press Release)

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: ENVIRONMENTAL THEME TO MAORI FILM FESTIVAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wairoa, Aotearoa New Zealand. Tuesday March 25th 2008

COMING UP THIS MATARIKI Queen’s Birthday Weekend May 30th to June 2nd is the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, a celebration of Maori and indigenous film achievement. Now in its third incarnation, the Wairoa Maori Film Festival will this year have a special environmental theme and focus to the film works presented.

“The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Te Karanga O Papatuanuku, Te Waiata O Te Whenua’ ~ ‘The Land Sings, The Earth Cries Out”, says Festival Director Leo Koziol. “As we face a world imperiled by ecological decline and the uncertain impacts of climate change, we find it is our indigenous voices that are emerging as beacons of hope for the future of our planet.”

Highlights of this year’s environmental programme include:

RESTORING THE MAURI OF LAKE OMAPERE Locals speaks out about the pollution of Lake Omapere, once considered the great food basket of Nga Puhi.
THE NEGLECTED MIRACLE Barry Barclay’s classic documentary on the plight of stewards of the world’s plant genetic resources.
HERDSWOMAN Aina, Elisabeth and Lisa belong to different generations. Their stories reflect life in Sapmi (Lapland) and the transition from nomadic existence to modern society.
BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND An examination of the secret treaty that allowed the US military to train and test its weaponry on Australian soil, and its impact on indigenous communities “downwind”.
ATLANTIS APPROACHING The Tuvalu people face the impeding sea level rise caused by global climate change.
KAITIAKI SERIES Profiling environmental issues in the communities of Raglan, Whakatane and Maungatautari.
Directors and producers of the above film works have been invited to present their films at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, with guests from as far away as Canada and Finland now making plans to attend.

Selections from the above programme will also be screened at the Wellington and Auckland Matariki Film Showcases.

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Wairoa Maori Film Festival Dates:
MATARIKI QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND
Gaiety Cinema and Taihoa Marae, Wairoa
Friday 30th May to Monday June 2nd 2008

TRAVELLING MATARIKI FILM FESTIVAL SHOWCASE:
MIC Toi Rerehiko & Academy Cinema, Auckland, June 2008 (final dates TBC)
Paramount Cinema & NZ Film Archive Mediaplex, Wellington, June 2008 (final dates TBC)
Regent Cinema, Taumarunui, July 2008 (final dates TBC)

AUTHORISED BY: Te Roopu Whakaata Maori I Te Wairoa – Wairoa Maori Film Festival Society Inc., C/- Box 85, Nuhaka, Wairoa District, Aotearoa New Zealand * Phone 06 837 8854 * Email: maorimovies@gmail.com

Launching the Matariki Film Festival (Press Release)

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

LAUNCHING THE MATARIKI FILM FESTIVAL 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wairoa, Aotearoa New Zealand. Tuesday March 25th 2008

Te Roopu Whakaata Maori I Te Wairoa Inc. is proud to announce that in 2008 it will be launching the national MATARIKI FILM FESTIVAL. Commencing Queen’s Birthday weekend with the four-day Wairoa Maori Film Festival, a travelling Maori and indigenous film showcase will then be presented during the Matariki period to audiences in Auckland, Wellington and Taumarunui.

This year, Wairoa will be a “portal” for Maori and indigenous film-makers as, for the first time, a special selection of the programme from the festival will travel on to Auckland, Wellington and Taumarunui. Overseas guest film-makers will be invited to attend these special screenings. In Taumarunui, a special showcase of Don Selwyn’s will be presented to local audiences to celebrate the life of their home-town film maker.

The launch of the Matariki Film Festival will support various regional initatives as the Matariki momentum grows. Recent research by Tourism New Zealand has found that Matariki and the Pleiades resonate highly in indigenous cultures worldwide, and that there is the potential for a festival to celebrate arts and culture of indigenous people from New Zealand and around the world.

“The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is pushing boundaries to present a national showcase of film and media arts at the forefront of Maori and global indigenous cultures,” says Festival Chairperson Huia Koziol. “This year Wairoa will be bringing a national Matariki film showcase to the whole of New Zealand, with the potential for this travelling programme to expand both in content and locality each year.”

The Wairoa Maori Film Festival will be making special invitation to representatives of indigenous film festivals from around the world to participate in future festivals, including ImagineNative in Canada, the Sami Film Festival in Finland, the Nepal Indigenous Film Archive and the Rapa Nui Film Festival (Easter Island, Chile).

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Wairoa Maori Film Festival Dates:
MATARIKI QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND
Gaiety Cinema and Taihoa Marae, Wairoa
Friday 30th May to Monday June 2nd 2008

TRAVELLING MATARIKI FILM FESTIVAL SHOWCASE:
MIC Toi Rerehiko & Academy Cinema, Auckland, June 2008 (final dates TBC)
Paramount Cinema & NZ Film Archive Mediaplex, Wellington, June 2008 (final dates TBC)
Regent Cinema, Taumarunui, July 2008 (final dates TBC)

AUTHORISED BY: Te Roopu Whakaata Maori I Te Wairoa – Wairoa Maori Film Festival Society Inc., C/- Box 85, Nuhaka, Wairoa District, Aotearoa New Zealand * Phone 06 837 8854 * Email: maorimovies@gmail.com

Press Release – September 2007

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Press Release – September 2007

CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR WAIROA MAORI & INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL 2008

PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WAIROA, New Zealand, 2 September 2007

THE ORGANISERS OF THE 3RD WAIROA MAORI & INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL are proud to announce the dates of next year’s festival, and to open Call for Entries for Maori film-makers in Aotearoa and indigenous film-makers around the world. In 2008, the festival will return to the Matariki Queen’s Birthday Weekend, with the event occuring from Thursday 29th May to Monday June 2nd 2008. The festival entry form is now available for download at the festival’s official website: www.manawairoa.com.

“We have held two successful Maori film festivals, and our rebranding to clearly incorporate world indigenous film represents a desire for us to connect with the visionary dreamkeepers from the four corners of our planet,” says Festival Director Leo Koziol, proud member of the Raikapaaka tribe of Nuhaka.

The theme of the third festival will be “Te Karanga O Papatuanuku – Te Waiata O Te Whenua” – “The Land Sings, The Earth Cries Out”. Festival Director Leo Koziol says “As we face a world imperiled by ecological decline and the uncertain impacts of climate change, we find it is our indigenous voices that are emerging as beacons of hope for the future of our planet. We honour in particular our Festival Chairperson, Pauline Tangiora, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and a tireless champion for the under-represented voices of our indigenous peoples.” Film works presented at the 2008 festival will include a focus on the peace and environment advocacy works of Pauline Tangiora.

Alongside an environmentally themed-programme, there will also be a general Maori and indigenous programme of short films, dramatic features, long and short documentaries, with international indigenous works coming from around the world. “Our Rangatahi (youth) may be growing up with YouTube and Generation TXT, but it is still important for us to gather and congress and hui around the works of our visionary film-makers. The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is a unique festival occuring in the Maori cultural heartland of NZ’s East Coast, and will always be the hub for our activities as we take our vision out to the world.”

This year, Wairoa will be a “portal” for Maori and indigenous film-makers, as for the first time the programme from the festival will travel on to the two main centres of Auckland and Wellington. “We have tentative agreement from MIC Toi Rerehiko in Auckland and the NZ Film Archive Mediaplex in Wellington to host showcase programmes from the 2008 Wairoa event, and look forward to confirming finalised dates soon,” says Festival Director Leo Koziol.

The Wairoa Maori Film Festival was established in 2005 to “undertake an annual Maori Film Festival in Wairoa District that supports:

* Development of a global hub for Maori creativity and talent;
* Building bridges among ahi kaa and taurahere populations;
* Building bridges among creative communities, Maori and Pakeha;
* Building of an international indigenous people’s network; and
* The revitalisation and renaissance of Wairoa and it’s communities.”

International participation in the festival occured in 2005, with support and sponsorship from National Geographic All Roads and programme participation from the Sundance Institute and the National Museum of the Native American Indian (New York City). In 2006, the focus was on presenting a strong body of New Zealand film works in partnership with the New Zealand Film Archive, with works presented by MIC Toi Rerehiko, Pollywood Film Festival and Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand. The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is unique in hosting screenings in both cinema and marae venues.

Wairoa Maori Film Festival Dates:
Matariki Queen’s Birthday Weekend
Thursday 29th May to Monday June 2nd 2008

Auckland & Wellington Showcase:
MIC Toi Rerehiko, Auckland, June 2008 (final dates to be confirmed)
NZ Film Archive Mediaplex, Wellington, June 2008 (final dates to be confirmed)

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Authorised by: Leo Koziol, Festival Director, Wairoa Maori & Indigenous Film Festival 2008
Contact: maorimovies@gmail.com Phone contact details available on request.
Website: www.manawairoa.com Mail to: Festival Director, PO Box 85, Nuhaka, Wairoa District 4192, Aotearoa New Zealand