A film still from Mrs Mokemoke

A film still from Mrs Mokemoke

NZIFF - Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2015

  • Fri 11 Sep 2015
  • 6:30—8:04PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • General $15.50
  • Concession: Seniors, students, New Plymouth Film Society and community services card holders $12.50 (valid ID required)
  • Child (under 14) $10
  • Bookings essential
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

Check out the latest and best Māori and Pasifika short films as selected for NZIFF by Leo Koziol, Director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, and Craig Fasi, Director of the Pollywood Film Festival.

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.

This year’s expression of ‘Ngā Whanaunga’ – which means relatedness and connectedness between peoples – is realised with films from Aotearoa, Hawaii, Samoa and Tuvalu. Native noir, cultural comedy and deep drama combine in an expression of ‘Hawaiiki Hōu’ – Voices of a New Hawaiiki.


NZ 2015 | 3 mins | Director: Mika (Kai Tahu, Takataapui)

We open with waiata from Māori magician Mika, another divination, an expression of the spirit of Taniwha! — LK



NZ 2014 | 16 mins | Director/Screenplay: Nikki Si’ulepa (Samoan) | Producers: Ngaire Fuata (Rotuman), Nikki Si’ulepa

When a grandmother discovers one of her precious toys is missing, she takes matters into her own hands. Ma is a no-nonsense kind of lady who knows exactly what she wants. Never underestimate Ma! — CF



Tuvalu 2015 | 11 mins | Director/Producer/Screenplay: Andrew John Fakaua Ponton (Tuvaluan)

A 13-year-old boy must navigate the expectations of his ultra-conservative community. The first full Tuvalu language short drama shot in Tuvalu, Islet is a comic tale of a boy who gets hold of a naughty magazine that gets a hold on him. — LK



NZ/Samoa 2015 | 15 mins | Director/Screenplay: Giacomo Martelli | Executive Producer: Maea Tamasese (Samoan) | Producers: Steve Finnigan, Grant Baker, Fuimaono Alex Wright (Samoan)

A fisherman finds something disturbing in a forbidden lagoon. Shot fully in Samoan, this native noir tale of Tangaroa intrigue, death and mystery lingers with you long after it ends. — LK


Lāhainā Noon

USA 2014 | 14 mins | Director/Screenplay: Christopher Kahunahana (Hawaiian Kānaka Maoli) | Producer: Patricia Buskirk

Three short stories are woven together during a yearly tropical solar phenomenon when the sun passes directly overhead and objects cast no shadow. Hawaiians believe that during the sacred time of Lāhainā Noon the sun rests on the brain and for one minute your mana magnifies. — CF


Netta Jones

NZ 2015 | 12 mins | Director: Pablo Araus Lobos | Producer/Screenplay: Rachel Morris (Te Aupōuri)

During WWII, as Awanui is on high alert fearing a Japanese invasion, 16-year-old Netta falls for a Māori soldier stationed there. Rachel Morris’ story of her grandmother beautifully depicts the landscape of Far North Awanui where a tale of wartime mixed-race love takes place. — LK


Mrs Mokemoke

NZ 2015 | 9 mins | Director/Screenplay: Li Gent Xin | Producer: Tia Barrett (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāi Tahu)

Mrs Mokemoke loves her husband, but he’s more interested in her inheritance. A mind-expanding mashup of Lindauer portraits, silent-era storytelling, film noir and Kubrickian intrigue. — LK



NZ 2015 | 14 mins | Director/Screenplay: Tihini Grant (Te Arawa) | Producer: Lara Northcroft (Te Arawa)

Trapped in an elevator, a white supremacist and a Māori gang member confront their issues and come out better men, or not. In this dark comedy, a common hate creates an unlikely union. — CF

94 mins approx. | Censors rating tbc


Event Info

New Zealand International Film Festival