Wifters win funding for voyage stories

Posted Tuesday 14 May 2019

And three more cheers for these Wifters who have received funding in the latest NZ On Air round. Anna Marbrook Productions receives up to $180,000 for Loimata - Sweet Tears for for M?ori Television, the story of traditional waka builder and ocean captain Ema Siope who in the final months of her life seeks to heal her family from systemic abuse that has thwarted their half century of migration. And Nia Phipps receives up to $139,452 for After White Guilt, a 7-part web-series for the NZ Herald, telling the stories of New Zealanders who are reflecting on their colonial heritage, and how to take action against racism in Aotearoa.

NZOA received 11 applications in its May funding round in response to a special request for proposals to mark Tuia 250, a national commemoration acknowledging 250 years since the first sustained onshore meetings between M?ori and Europeans.

The other projects to win funding are:

Pango Productions which receives up to $591,195 for Tuia 250 Live, a live broadcast for TVNZ 1 and M?ori Television of the Tuia 250 ki T?ranga Festival, presented by John Campbell and Stacey Morrison.

Tawera Productions which receives up to $157,600 for Waka, for E-Tangata and NZ Herald. Four master carvers build four waka of their traditional style to welcome the Tuia 250 Flotilla when they arrive at Waitangi, our nation's birthplace.

And Re: discovering Aotearoa, which receives up to $78,025 for its multimedia series for Re: and TVNZ, looking at how modern relationships mirror our nation's first meeting of cultures and what we can learn from that for our shared future.