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Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2020


Fri 23 Oct 2020, 1:00pm–11:00pm
Sat 24 Oct 2020, 10:00am–11:00pm
Sun 25 Oct 2020, 10:00am–11:00pm
Mon 26 Oct 2020, 10:00am–11:00pm

Where: The Gaiety Theatre, 252 Marine Parade, Wairoa, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Festival Delegate Screening Pass 2020: $103.50 ($100.00 + $3.50 fees)
  • Friday Gaiety Big Night: Finding Our Voice: $22.50 ($20.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Saturday Gaiety Big Night: A Night At The Maori Movies: $22.50 ($20.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Sunday Big Night: 15th Anniversary Dinner & Awards: $53.00 ($50.00 + $3.00 fees)
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Nau Mai! Nau Mai! Haere Mai! Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2020!

Join us for the 15th annual Wairoa Maori Film Festival, to be held at the Gaiety Theatre. Wairoa, and Taihoa Marae, Wairoa from Friday, October 23 to Monday, October 26.

We have a full weekend of films in Wairoa, and three big nights: Friday - Finding Our Voice - Te Reo & Wairoa Made films ($20); Saturday - Night At The Maori Movies ($20); Sunday - Festival 15th Anniversary Dinner & Awards ($50).

Ticket costs:
A full Festival Delegate Screening Pass ($100) and tickets to the 15th Anniversary Dinner & Awards ($50) can be pre-purchased online. BUY ONLINE!

Friday's special event "Finding Our Voice" is only $20 and Saturday's special event "A Night At the Maori Movies" is only $20. BUY ONLINE!

Sunday’s Gala 15th Anniversary Dinner & Awards, with special guest Kui Wano, is only $50 and is held in the stunning Taihoa Marae. BUY ONLINE!

All other tickets are door sales as follows:
Gaiety Theatre - Feature Films $10, Short Films $5 - sales at Taihoa Marae & Gaiety Theatre
Taihoa Marae Stay $25 night (in marae or tent site). Meals at the marae are $10 each - sales at Taihoa Marae only

Here is the line-up of events at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival.

Taihoa Marae & Gaiety Theatre

Taihoa Marae
11 am Official Powhiri
12 pm Welcome Luncheon
12 pm to 4 pm Registrations & Festival Lounge Open

Gaiety Theatre
1 pm Ka Huaka’i Journey to Merrie Monarch
2.30 pm Solid Shorts
4 pm Around the World Shorts

Gaiety Theatre Big Night #1 ($20)
6 pm Welcome Reception Wine & Cheese
7 pm Special Event: Finding Our Voice - Short Films including Wairoa Made
9.30 pm Alien Addiction presented by Rocket Lab

Taihoa Marae, Clyde Hotel & Gaiety Theatre

Taihoa Marae
10 am to 4 pm Festival Lounge Open
Artist Stalls

Clyde Hotel - Korou Digital
Open Day 10 am to 2 pm

Gaiety Theatre
10 am In Real Life Shorts
11.30 am Pasifika Shorts I
1 pm Ruahine Stories In Our Skin - Hiona Henare
3 pm Same But Different- Nikki Si’ulepa

Gaiety Theatre Big Night #2 ($20)
6 pm Nga Aho Whakaari Welcome Reception
7 pm Special Event: A Night At The Maori Movies
15 years of the Maori film festival & new Maori Shorts 2020
Including: Hangi Pants - by Jake Mokomoko & Gurl - by Mika

Taihoa Marae & Gaiety Theatre

Gaiety Theatre
10.30 am Return to Gandhi Road
12.30 pm Whanau Shorts
2 pm Loimata The Sweetest Tears
4 pm Rūrangi & Gurl by Mika

15th Anniversary Festival Awards Dinner ($50/ticket)
Taihoa Marae, Wairoa
6 pm Welcome Reception
7 pm 15th Anniversary Festival Dinner & Awards
Entertainment: Kui Wano

Gaiety Theatre
9 pm Jojo Rabbit

Gaiety Theatre

Gaiety Theatre
10.30 am Kaumatua Shorts
12 pm Cross Currents Shorts
1.30 pm Pasifika Shorts II
3 pm Tokyo Hula
5 pm Gather
7 pm Tupaia’s Endeavour

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

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 space. We give voice to the radical, on-screen presence to the activist, our audiences feel and resonate with the filmmaker's messages.

We are a collaborative space where filmmakers and creatives can connect; short film, documentary and feature dramatic projects have developed over a cup of tea in the marae, and some of these new works will be screening for the first time this year, at our 15th gathering.

Nau Mai! Nau Mai! Haere Mai!
Wairoa Maori Film Festival. A Film Festival Like No Other.
Theme 2020: Kotahitanga - Tino Rangatiratanga - Mana

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