He Panui M?ori Screen Creators- Group Celebrates 20 Years

Posted Monday 26 Sep 2016

M?ori screen production organisation, Ng? Aho Whakaari, celebrates 20 years of operation with a two-day hui and the inaugural M?ori Screen Gala Ball & Awards in October.

Named TE POU IHIIHI -  A moment to stabilise, to gather around something solid, look back and look forward, the hui will be at Waipapa Marae at Auckland University, on October 7 & 8. The hui will feature international and local guest speakers, interactive workshops, a pitching competition with a $5000 prize and the launch of the Ng? Aho Whakaari "Short Films Project".

The inaugural M?ori Screen Gala Ball & Awards on Saturday October 8 at the Stamford Plaza Hotel is a black-tie red carpet event with celebrity guests and the presentation of eight key awards to honour success in the screen industry.

Featured guest speaker Darlene Johnson was a guest at the first Ng? Aho Whakaari hui-a-tau 20 years ago. Johnson is an indigenous Australian director/actor whose films include award-winning BLUEY (Best Short Film at 2016 First Peoples Festival, Montreal) and THE REDFERN STORY (Best Documentary at 2015 ATOM Awards), and the documentary STOLEN GENERATIONS and a modern-day supernatural myth CROCODILE DREAMING.

Berlin-based New Zealander Maryanne Redpath, who heads the  Generation section of the Berlin International Film Festival, will also attend as part of her worldwide search for films for the prestigious festival.

M?ori Television CEO Paora Maxwell will deliver the keynote address, and a panel including M?ori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell, broadcaster Willie Jackson and television presenter/te reo expert Scotty Morrison will discuss Te M?t?wai, the new entity leading the revitalisation of Te Reo M?ori and how it will impact on M?ori broadcasting.

A range of television makers will enter a pitching competition witnessed by programme commissioners from TVNZ, TV3 and Maori Television. They stand to win a $5000 award and the opportunity to have their programme commissioned and aired.

There is also a session titled "Celebrating Our Films" with Lee Tamahori, Cliff Curtis, Tearepa Kahi, Katie Wolfe and Tammy Davis.

Other highlights include Te Reo M?ori scriptwriting with Tearepa Kahi, writer/director of box office hits POI E and MT ZION and award-winning short film TAUA; a taiohi (youth) panel, interactive sessions on a variety of topics and a display of the latest equipment and technology.

For the Ng? Aho Whakaari "Short Films Project", writer Michael Bennett (MATARIKI, KAITANGATA TWIST, THE FACTORY) will encourage writers to pitch their short films to a panel of experienced producers & directors. Bennettwill mentor three successful applicants and the best will be produced. Ng? Aho Whakaari is also seeking those keen to direct and produce drama. The short films will provide a unique opportunity for new directors and producers to develop their skills. Experienced directors and producers will be available to share information and experiences at the Hui-a-Tau.

Hui and M?ori Screen Gala Ball & Awards are sponsored by: NZ Film Commission, M?ori Television Service, Te M?ngai Paho,  Te Puni K?kiri, NZ On Air, Park Road Post and South Pacific Pictures.

For M?ori Screen Gala Ball & Awards tickets contact: admin@ngaahowhakaari.co.nz

Members can pay directly via the website. www.ngaahowhakaari.co.nz



ABOUT NG? AHO WHAKAARI - Celebrating 20 years

Ng? Aho Whakaari is the national representative body for M?ori working in screen production including film, television, digital and gaming in New Zealand. Our members range from actors, directors and independent production companies to presenters, producers, technicians, writers and broadcasting students and educators.

Ng? Aho Whakaari, means the "strands of many visions" and encapsulates our representation of the many M?ori who work within the industry, the diversity of our productions and our collective aspirations.

Ng? Aho Whakaari was established in 1996, after a series of hui called by M?ori film and television practitioners concerned that M?ori should be accurately represented in the development of M?ori broadcasting by Government.

Many of the originators of Ng? Aho Whakaari were earlier involved with Te Manu Aute, which was an informal collective of M?ori filmmakers that actively lobbied for stronger M?ori representation in Government decision-making about M?ori film making and broadcasting in the 1980's.

Our core mahi is advocacy and lobbying but we do much more than that. We assist members on a day-to-day basis and provide platforms where our members can up-skill, network, access professionals who can help their advancement and, of course, help create their own work.

We've come from protesting throughout the 70's, 80's and 90's to seeing the establishment of our own M?ori television channel in 2003. Today's CEO of MTS, Mr Paora Maxwell, was a founding member and Chair of Ng? Aho Whakaari.  Another former chair Ms Whetu Fala and former board member Ms Rhonda Kite, are both current members of the M?ori Television Service board. Both are experienced producers, so they can serve our members well.

We also have representation on Boards such as Te Putahi Paho (Maori Television electoral board) soon to be replaced by Te M?t?wai (the new Te Reo M?ori Board) and previous Board members hold influential positions with our stakeholders.

We work with other industry guilds to provide quality workshops which our members have full access to. These include The Director's Guild, WIFT and The Writers Guild, who will be making an announcement at our Hui-a-tau on Friday 7th October.



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NZ On Air responds to changing audiences with change

Posted Monday 26 Sep 2016

NZ On Air announced last that week that it is moving to a single funding strategy for all content investments, in order to remain flexible and relevant in a fast-changing, converging media environment.

The funding agency intends to create a single fund, the NZ Media Fund, to replace its multiple funds and strategies that have begun to overlap

Founded on core public media principles the strategy focusses on delivering quality and diversity, and ensuring content investments can be discovered and appreciated by target audiences.The NZ Media Fund has four streams; Factual, Scripted, Music, and Platforms.

The new Fund is open to a broader range of platforms but, in the face of high demand, the bar has been raised. Funding will be determined by, among other things, cultural or social value, innovation, potential audience size and appeal,  and co-investment from the commissioning platform so production costs are shared.

"At our core we are still about backing the best ideas, and providing content free to New Zealanders. But how we deliver this must be flexible enough  to recognise a volatile media environment, and changing audience behaviour," said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

In addition to the changes at a strategic level, the agency will restructure to create more efficient and streamlined staff processes, and will upgrade to a fully online applications system.

"Our own audience research confirms there are  fast and significant audience shifts taking place. NZ On Air will remain a passionate advocate for our own stories and songs in a tough environment where local content must foot it with the world's best. These changes will encourage new ideas and new opportunities," said Ms Wrightson.

"With intense competition for audiences from international media it is more important than ever that NZ On Air is able to maintain a space for local content. It's vital to our cultural identity."

The funding agency is seeking  feedback on the new strategy.

The draft Funding Strategy document and Q and A's are here.

Feedback can be provided until 18 November.

The final strategy will be  released by early 2017 to take effect from July 2017.