Māori Television: Insights And Opportunities

Māori Television: Insights And Opportunities

Posted Tuesday 18 May 2021

As we move into Matariki – the Māori New Year – we’re delighted to bring you Maramena Roderick, Tāhuhu Kaupapa, Head of Content, and Lanita Ririnui, Kaikōkiri Kaupapa, Content Commissioner from Whakaata Māori (Māori Television). Maramena and Lanita will share their insights as to the kind of content Whakaata Māori support to help celebrate and highlight this special time.

You’re likely to be surprised by the opportunities there are with Whakaata Māori, no matter your ethnicity.  Find out the best way to approach them and what the cultural requirements are for commissioned content and acquisitions.

Maramena and Lanita will also share their insights into the best way for you to pitch to a broadcaster, whoever that may be.

RSVP essential to

WIFT NZ members free; non-members $15 - drinks and nibbles included.

Date: Wednesday 23 Jun 2021
Location: Taia Studios, 4 Bay Road, Kilbirnie
Time: 6pm drinks for a 6.30pm sharp start


Upcoming events...

Thursday 15 Jul 2021

The Screen Industry Workers' Bill

We know this workshop may seem a bit dry but remember: knowledge is power! Come along and engage with your future! 

This important workshop will explain how new legislation, the Screen Industry Workers’ Bill, will relate to you, no matter what your role is.

If passed, this legislation which is heading to its second reading, will affect the majority of you.

Most workers in New Zealand’s screen sector are contractors who are not entitled to employment rights, including the right to collectively negotiate terms and conditions of work.
The Screen Industry Workers’ Bill would see contractors allowed to bargain collectively. The proposed changes also include new universal terms that will apply to all contract relationships in the screen industry, and a tiered dispute resolution system which will support parties to resolve issues.

As well as taking a deep dive into what the bill would mean for the screen industry, our panel will outline how the sector became so contract-based, and the differences between being an employee and a contractor.

Keep updated on the bill’s progress here.  


  • Alice Shearman, Executive Director New Zealand Writers Guild
  • Tui Ruwhiu, Executive Director at the Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand
  • Denise Roche, Director Equity New Zealand

RSVP essential to

WIFT NZ members free, non-members $15 - includes drinks and nibbles.

Thursday 29 Jul 2021

The Director-Editor relationship WTN

WIFTNZ and DEGNZ members free, non-members $15 cash - includes a drink and nibbles.

The Director-Editor relationship 

The Content: How does a director find the right editor? At which point in the process do you bring the editor in? Understanding the parameters of each role and making sure your contract reflects that. Who has creative say? How important are the editor’s fresh pair of eyes? How do the directors and editors navigate the test screening process? What happens if you change editor over the course of the project?  How does the editor help manage the relationship with the commissioner / client? Who leads when? Maintaining a healthy, collaborative relationship that has longevity over more than one project.

So many questions! Come along and get yours answered by this extremely experienced panel:


Dame Gaylene Preston, DNZM, has been a writer/director/producer since 1978, and made the classics of New Zealand cinema Mr Wrong, Ruby and Rata, War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us and Home By Christmas. Her dramatic TV series include Bread & Roses and Hope and Wire, plus many documentaries, her latest being the feature, My Year With Helen. Her work has screened in most high profile international film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, London, and Sydney. Dame Gaylene is the New Zealand Arts Foundation's inaugural Filmmaker Laureate (2001). 

Pietra Brettkelly, recipient of the 2020 South Pacific Pictures Award for Achievement In Film for her acclaimed documentary feature Yellow Is Forbidden. Pietra is a three-time Oscar-selected documentary filmmaker, a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and an Arts Laureate of New Zealand.

Alex Boyd (they/them) editor of the acclaimed recent feature film Cousins, they have also edited all four seasons of Wellington Paranormal. They enjoy working across genres, and have edited documentary, drama, sci-fi, comedy, and animation. 

Annie Collins is best known for her extensive resume of documentaries, having edited such landmark productions as Patu!, The Neglected Miracle and Gardening with Soul. The talented editor has also won awards for her work on Scarfies, Two Little Boys and Out of the Blue, with Coming Home in the Dark having premiered to critical acclaim at Sundance and due to be released here in August.

Lala Rolls 
Fijian-European Lala Rolls' projects often involve explorations of Māori and Polynesian culture. She directs as much as she edits, often doing both on the same project. Rolls has been a multiple finalist at New Zealand awards ceremonies for her work on acclaimed drama series The Insider's Guide to Happiness and the Rita Angus documentary Lovely Rita. She edited The Man in the Hat (about art dealer Peter McLeavey), and 2018's Celia, about late equality advocate Celia Lashlie, and directed, produced and edited the 2020 feature film Tupaia’s Endeavour.


Programme is brought to you with generous support from the NZ Film Commission and Foundation North.