Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika Shorts 2019

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has announced this year’s Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts selection which includes six shorts from Aotearoa and the Pacific: Our Atoll Speaks: Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Wenua by Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Ani directed by Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, Jeremiah Tauamiti’s Liliu, Ways to See from Jessica Sanderson, by Awanui Simich-Pene and Paula Whetu Jones’ Yellow Roses



Ngā Whanaunga is a collection of shorts from Aotearoa and the Pacific 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.


The six shorts selected this year show a depth of Maori and Pasifika filmmaking.


NZIFF is run by a charitable trust and encourages lively interactions between films, filmmakers and New Zealand audiences in 13 towns and cities around the country.


The full NZIFF programmes for both Auckland and Wellington are now available. NZIFF starts in Auckland on 18 July and in Wellington from 26 July in 2019.


Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2019:

(Curator's comments in italics)


Our Atoll Speaks: Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Wenua



Director/Producer: Gemma Cubero del Barrio


A meditation on sustainability from the remote Pukapuka atoll in the Cook Islands.


Craig Fasi: A serenade of narrative and captivating imagery – a political cry for help.





Director/Screenplay: Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa) | Producer: Sarah Cook


A young Māori girl drifts into a world of make believe when her mother leaves her – and her father – to fend for themselves and offers a different narrative in response to the stereotypical portrayal of Māori males


Craig Fasi: A tribute to the realities of solo parenting – touching and insightful.


Ways to See



Director/Screenplay: Jessica Sanderson | Producer: Desray Armstrong


A young Māori girl trying to reconnect with her absent father reaches out to a mysterious stranger.

Craig Fasi: Hine-nui-te-pō, in her intoxicating beauty and temptation, comes for a visit.








Director/Screenplay: Jeremiah Tauamiti (Samoan) | Producer: Ngaire Fuata (Rotuman)

A court interpreter in colonial Samoa risks everything to help a wrongfully convicted chief.


Leo Koziol: In the time of King George VI, it was a tome for guardianship of indigenous history as truth.





Director/Screenplay: Awanui Simich-Pene (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Apakura) | Producer: Lindsay Gough


A pregnant mother must fight for her life when she inadvertently becomes the victim of a violent initiation.


Leo Koziol: A routine whanau errand turns dark in this unexpected native noir.


Yellow Roses




Director/Screenplay: Paula Whetu Jones (Whakatōhea, Te Aitanga ā Māhaki, Ngāti Porou) | Producers: Paula Whetu Jones, Anahera Parata (Ngāti Toa Rangatira)


An elderly Māori woman who pines for the company of her husband enlists the services of a male escort.


Leo Koziol: Vicky Haughton shines in a story of lost love reawakened.


Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2019


When: Sunday 21st July, 1pm & Wednesday 24th July, 1pm


Where: ASB Waterfront Theatre


Comment on the post below to go into the draw to win a double pass to a screening of the Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts at the ASB Waterfront theatre. The winner will be chosen on Friday 19 July.