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Wairoa Maori Film Festival


Fri 29 May 2015, 3:00pm–10:00pm
Sat 30 May 2015, 9:00am–10:00pm
Sun 31 May 2015, 9:00am–10:00pm
Mon 1 Jun 2015, 8:00am–9:00am

Where: Kahungunu Marae, Cnr Ihaka St & Mataira St, Nuhaka, Wairoa, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • All Festival Toheroa Pass: Corporate: $227.50 ($225.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • All Festival Pounamu Pass: General: $182.50 ($180.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Kahungunu Paua Pass: General: $122.50 ($120.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Kahungunu Pipi Pass: Unwaged/Kaumatua/Kids: $102.50 ($100.00 + $2.50 fees)
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Nau Mai! Nau Mai! Haere Mai! Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2015!

Join us for the 10th annual Wairoa Maori Film Festival, to be held at Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, from Friday May 29 to Monday June 2, and the Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa, from Saturday May 30 to Sunday May 31.

We have a full weekend of films in Nuhaka, and an exciting Maori Film Awards Gaiety Grand Gala event in Wairoa! We also have incorporated the Morere Hot Springs for our closing night!

Note: Individual Tickets and Tables for the Gaiety Grand Gala can be purchased from Eventfinda.

Friday May 29th: Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka
3 pm Official Festival Powhiri
4 pm Registration
5 pm Wahine Shorts
5.30 pm Welcome Hakari Dinner
6 pm Maori Shorts I
8 pm Umbrella Man

Saturday May 30th: Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka
9.30 am World Shorts I
10.30 am Genome
11 am Maori Shorts II
12 pm Lunch with VR Demo
12.30 pm 4th Cinema Academic Panel
1.30 pm The Maori New Wave Panel
3 pm The Dead Lands (R)
3 pm Hawaiian Shorts

Saturday May 30th: Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa
6 pm Ribbon Cutting with Mayor of Wairoa
6.30 pm Red Carpet Reception
7 pm Maori Film Awards Gaiety Grand Gala! Keynote: Gaylene Preston ONZM, Native Now! Media Art Showcase, Live Music, Kapa Haka

Sunday May 31st: Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka
9 am Black Panther Woman
9 am World Shorts II
10 am Another Trip to the Moon
10 am My Legacy
11 am Circle of Life
11.30 am Confessions of Prisoner T
12.30 pm Lunch
1 pm Road to Paloma (R) Jason Momoa
1 pm Te Kati - Goethe Mystery
2 pm Tatau
3 pm The Dark Horse
5 pm Closing Dinner

Sunday May 31st: Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa
10 am Wairoa Maori Film Festival Presents... Free
A collection of Family-Friendly NZ short films to celebrate the reopening of the Gaiety Theatre
3 pm Umbrella Man

Sunday May 31st: Morere Closing Night Free
7 pm Bush Cinema - Underground Shorts
9 pm DJ Set - Daughters of Hathor with Media Art Projections

Monday June 1: Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka

9 am Poroporoaki and Formal Closing of Festival

About the Festival
The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is a film festival like no other!

Guests are welcomed in a traditional Maori powhiri welcoming ceremony, and can stay at the marae (in the cinema!) or at nearby Morere mineral springs, Mahia beach, or Wairoa township.

We pride ourselves on a laid-back and relaxed energy, a spiritual nourishment both on screen and off. We have a reputation for rich and sincere narratives presented in a gentle and healing marae space. We give voice to the radical, on screen presence to the activist, our audiences feel and resonate with the film makers messages.

We are also a collaborative space where film makers and creatives can connect; short film, documentary and feature dramatic projects have developed over a cup of tea in our marae, and some of these new works will be screening for the first time this year, at our 10th anniversary gathering.

This year, our Toheroa level sponsor New Zealand Film Commission is joined by Wairoa District Council and Te Matarae O Wairoa Trust. Thanks to our new sponsors kind support, we are expanding our festival to Wairoa township with the Maori Film Awards Gaiety Grand Gala on Saturday night. On Sunday, we help Wairoa celebrate the reopening of their cinema with a "Best Of" day of New Zealand short films and an encore screening of Umbrella Man. The Maori Film Awards Gaiety Grand Gala is an exciting new initiative, with keynote speaker Gaylene Preston, live kapa haka, musical performances, and a curated media art presentation entitled native now!

Join us to celebrate ten year's of the Maori Film Festival and the exciting reopening of the Gaiety Theatre as a venue for all of the community, and for all of Aotearoa New Zealand!

Nau Mai! Nau Mai! Haere Mai!
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