But wait, there's more good funding news! The NZFC has announced the Rautaki Māori Feature Film Initiative, a one-off $2 million investment for dramatic features in any genre where the director and at least one other key creative is Māori; plus He Pounamu, an ongoing fund of up to $2.5 million in investment for dramatic feature films made in Te Reo Māori, by Māori filmmakers.

Meanwhile, we're delighted to hear that the nine wahine Māori writers and directors of Waru are the inaugural recipients of Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga Māori Screen Excellence Awards, an award offered to Māori filmmakers whose work makes an impact locally and/or internationally. BriarGrace-Smith, Awanui Simich-Pene, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Winstanley, Paula Jones and Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu were each presented with a grant of $50,000 to assist with progressing their filmmaking careers.

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