WIFT Members Rock K'Rd

Posted Monday 23 Nov 2015

K Rd Stories - a collection of 10 short web films about Auckland's iconic Karangahape Road, premiering on December 3rd is chocka block with WIFT members and of the 10 films in the series, five are written and directed by women! It was also a naturally achieved a 50/50 split - no quotas required. They were just after the 10 best films.

WIFT members involved:

Morgan Leigh Stewart

Hazel Gibson

Leela Menon

Nikki Si'ulepa

Jane Warren

Roseanne Liang

Amy Barber

K Rd Stories cracks open the surface of life on Karangahape Road, revealing diverse cultures and unique voices. K Rd Stories sneaks a peek at the people and places that make this neighbourhood so infamous - and so beloved. This project allows these often marginalised voices to speak; using cinematic craft, online media, and a live event in a new approach to digital storytelling.

Creative director James Solomon together with executive producers Hazel Gibson and Morgan Leigh Stewart have gathered some of Auckland's top and emerging filmmakers to show us a slice of their version of K' Road. NZ On Air has helped make this possible through their Digital Media Ignite Fund, along with the project's production partners Images and Sound, The Foley Room and Halcyon Digital.

The location inspired Creative Director James Solomon:  "We are representing a place that is culturally significant to so many New Zealanders - at a time that may in fact be the end of an era."

"The calibre of talent that we have assembled for this project is astounding. Filmmakers from all stages of their careers have come together to tell their stories of a place that has such a special connection to so many" says Executive Producer Morgan Leigh Stewart.

The team felt that the timing was right: "There's a lot of change happening on K' Road at the moment, so it's a really good time to do to a project like this. A snapshot of K' Road how it is now, a time capsule" says Executive Producer Hazel Gibson.

The ten films will premiere at venues along Karangahape Road on Thursday 3rd December in conjunction with First Thursdays with support from Iconicity and the K Road Business Association.


All 10 films will be available online from 9am, Tuesday 8 December at www.krdstories.com



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Celebrate Summer with our Discount Provider

Posted Monday 23 Nov 2015

Discover Central Otago this Summer.

Celebrate summer and Heritage Queenstown's 19th Birthday this month amidst the breathtaking beauty of Central Otago. Feast on succulent stone fruits and silky wines while taking in majestic alpine views, or find out why Queenstown is dubbed the adventure capital of New Zealand! Heriatge Hotels are one of WIFT's valuable discount providers so make sure you mention your membership when you book into one of their fabulous hotels this summer...

Heritage has you covered with great accommodation deals in New Zealand's top spots. Whether you're wanting to unwind for the year, or leap into the next  - T.H.E. Play Experience at Heritage Hotels will ensure you get the most out of your summer break.

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Heritage Hotels offer a tailored service to suit your needs. Whether you stay with Heritage for work or play, their knowledgeable staff will connect you with unique local experiences in all corners of New Zealand.

You'll leave your stay with Heritage feeling entirely uplifted, having experienced the best of what the region has to offer - a refreshing contrast to everyday life.

Play, work, eat and sleep at Heritage, and you'll know what it means to have timeless hospitality delivered flawlessly in the modern day.

And if you are in Auckland on Dec 31st....

New Years Eve Dinner.

Heritage Auckland.

Welcome in the New Year within the elegant ambience of Heritage Auckland. Enjoy an exclusive three-course dinner at Hectors Restaurant for $70* per person. Click here to view Hectors New Year's Eve Dinner menu. Bookings are essential. 

Or check out CityLife Auckland's Zest Restaurant's New Years Eve dinner, for $95* per adult.