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Wairoa Maori Film Festival


Fri 3 Jun 2016, 3:00pm–10:00pm
Sat 4 Jun 2016, 9:00am–10:00pm
Sun 5 Jun 2016, 9:00am–10:00pm
Mon 6 Jun 2016, 9:00am–10:00am

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full Festival Pass: $123.50 ea ($120.00 + $3.50 fees)
  • Wairoa Maori Film Awards Gala: $33.00 ea ($30.00 + $3.00 fees)
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Nau Mai! Nau Mai! Haere Mai! Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2016!

Join us for the 11th annual Wairoa Maori Film Festival, to be held at Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, and Gaiety Theatre. Wairoa, from Friday June 3 to Monday June 6.

We have a full weekend of films in Nuhaka, and an exciting Wairoa Maori Film Awards Gala event in Wairoa!

Ticket costs:
A full Festival Pass and tickets to the Wairoa Maori Film Awards Gala can be pre-purchased online.
All other tickets are door sales as follows:
Kahungunu Marae - Day Pass (films) $10 (Friday night, Saturday or Sunday)
Marae Stay: $25 night. Meals at the marae are $10 ea.
Gaiety Theatre - Feature Films $10, Short Films $5 or $10 for Short Films Day Pass (Sun)

Here is the official programme of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2016:

Friday June 3
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka
3 pm Official Festival Powhiri
6 pm Canada Shorts
7 pm Maori Shorts 2016
8.30 pm Born to Dance by Tammy Davis

Saturday June 4
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka
All Day: 100 Tikis Dan Taulapapa McMullin (installation)
9.30 am Tongue of Nakaa
10 am An Object that has Spirit
10.30 am Oke Moe Moea
11.15 am Aotearoa Shorts
1.30 pm Three Wise Cousins

Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa
2 pm Hunt for The Wilderpeople by Taika Waititi
5 pm Special Event: Ukaipo Whenua by Kararaina Rangihau
6 pm Gala Reception
7 pm Wairoa Maori Film Awards Gala
With live music, short films and awards presentations
Keynote Speaker: Dr Rangimarie Rose Pere

Sunday June 5
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka
9.30 am Dr Rangimarie Rose Pere (documentary)
10.30 am The Price of Peace by Kim Webby
1 pm Nigamowin / Anishinaabe Music Films
With live music by guest musician Melody McKiver
2.30 pm Solid Sisters by Jenny Fraser
4 pm Orphans & Kingdoms by Paolo Rotondo

Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa
10 am Pasifika Shorts
11 am Aotearoa Shorts
12.30 pm Reset (Webseries Premiere)
1.30 pm Maori Shorts 2016
3 pm Mahana by Lee Tamahori and Witi Ihimaera
6 pm Double Feature:
Three Wise Cousins & Born to Dance

Morere Springs
7 pm Bush Cinema Closing Function

Monday June 6: 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 11th anniversary gathering.

For the second year, we're also spreading our wings and incorporating the Gaiety Cinema in Wairoa into our festival. On Saturday. there will be a special Wairoa Maori Film Awards Gala evening, preceded by a special first-ever screening of "Ukaipo Whenua" by Kararaina Rangihau (a local Tuhoe Waikaremoana film maker).

The Wairoa Maori Film Awards Gala is once again the centrepiece, with presentation of the WIFT Mana Wahine Award, keynote speaker Dr. Rangimarie Rose Pere, live musical performances by Melody McKiver from Canada, and a curated media art projection!

On Sunday, films are on all day at both the Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa, and Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka.

Join us to celebrate eleven year's of the Maori Film Festival in Wairoa!

Nau Mai! Nau Mai! Haere Mai!
Wairoa Maori Film Festival. A Film Festival Like No Other.
First Nations. 4th Cinema. Sacred Screen. Spirit Natives.

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