Maori screen industry must wait for concrete decisions on sector review

Posted Tuesday 28 May 2019

M?ori screen practitioners are having to wait until the end of the year for decisions on the promised overhaul of the M?ori Media sector in the review being conducted by Te Puni K?kiri. Minister for M?ori Development, Hon. Nanaia Mahuta has said the recently published M?ori Sector Review report published was a backgrounder to the existing state of the M?ori Media industry. However, M?ori media were hoping for more concrete indication of change, said Hineani Melbourne, chair of M?ori screen organisation Ng? Aho Whakaari.
"While the report acknowledges the disparity in budgets between M?ori productions, often 40% - 60% less than mainstream, there are no solutions offered, said Ng? Aho Whakaari chair, Hineani Melbourne.
"The report talks of the need for collaboration between sectors such as with Radio NZ and NZ On Air, yet these organisations don't have a strong track record of supporting M?ori content or aspirations," Melbourne said.
The report stated there was a need to identify the most effective and efficient way of funding and producing te reo M?ori and tikanga content, which required structuring the sector. However, equitable funding was "the starting point", said Ng? Aho Whakaari executive director Erina Tamepo.
"M?ori content producers are passionate about te reo M?ori and tikanga M?ori content, usually working for less money and accepting financial insecurity in order to produce the best content possible."
Ng? Aho Whakaari (NAW) said positives in the Review included the need for on-the-job education and training and that the report included a positive response to NAW's campaigning on the importance of archiving M?ori content with access for M?ori media.


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Posted Tuesday 28 May 2019


We have Bellbird for our video slot this week. Co-produced by Catherine Fitzgerald and starring Rachel House, it's the feature film debut of Hamish Bennett, who wrote and directed. Set over four seasons on a humble Northland dairy farm, Bellbird is the story of a dairy farmer struggling to cope with the sudden death of his beloved wife, and the gradual bond he builds with his gentle only son and the local community. The film will have its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival, where it has been selected to participate in the official competition.

IMAGE/ a still from Bellbird