Supporting and promoting Māori filmmakers through the Wellington UNESCO City of Film will illuminate and celebrate our identity and culture
There are many talented Māori screen creatives active in Wellington, but barriers to inclusion and a sustainable career still exist. Removing those barriers and supporting Māori to advance, produce and exhibit their films is essential.
The stories, either contemporary, ancient or both, brought to us via film or other screen technologies help us to connect with, and understand, who we are as New Zealanders.
There is a strong history and legacy of Māori films and filmmakers in New Zealand. We have much to learn from revisiting these works and exploring the stories of who and how they were brought to light.
- Increase the understanding and appreciation of what it is to be a Wellingtonian and New Zealander - our history and place in the world
- Provide more opportunities and improved access for Wellington’s Māori screen practitioners to share their work and sustain careers at home
- Partner with Iwi of the Wellington region, and Māori from around Aotearoa who choose to live and create here, through the provision of relevant, useful support
- Elevate and make visible Te Reo Māori via inclusion in Wellington UNESCO City of Film content and programmes