WIFT members win SPADA New Filmmaker award

Posted Tuesday 27 Oct 2020

Becs Arahanga 2020 SPADA New Filmmaker of the YearAbba-Rose Dinah Vaiaoga-Ioasa 2020 SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year

A big congratulations to Becs Arahanga and Abba-Rose Dinah Vaiaoga-Ioasa (above right), who were both awarded the SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year at the recent Annual Screen Industry Awards. Congratulations also to our loyal sponsor Grant Baker, this year's Industry Champion.

Given the high calibre of nominations the judging panel decided to give not one, but two New Filmmaker awards. Here's a bit about these two amazing ladies:

Becs Arahanga (above left) has had a rapid rise as a writer, director, and now producer. Her debut short film Laundry was selected for the 2016 New Zealand International Film Festival Best Shorts, and the Show Me Shorts festival where it was nominated for four awards. She was one of nine women directors of the portmanteau feature film Vai, and her second short film Hinekura won the NZIFF Auckland Live Spirit of the Civic Award, the 2019 Audience Choice Award, and has been selected for multiple international festivals.

Becs is now working on Fox, a complex comedy pitched as a rural New Zealand Flea Bag.

Since entering the film industry in 2016 as an associate producer with Three Wise Cousins, Abba-Rose Dinah Vaiaoga-Ioasa has continued to achieve exponentially. Her feature Take Home Pay was the second-highest grossing New Zealand-made film in 2019, with $689,000 and $1.1million worldwide.

She is one of the few Pacific female producers working in the industry, especially in feature film.

Abba Rose created PISA - Pacific Island Screen Artists - to provide a voice for and meet the needs of Pacific Islanders working in the screen industry.


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Announcing the 2020 WIFT NZ Mana Wahine Award recipient!

Posted Tuesday 27 Oct 2020

Women in Film & Television (WIFT) NZ and the Wairoa M?ori Film Festival Inc. are thrilled to announce the 2020 WIFT NZ Mana W?hine Award recipient is Nicole Hoey.

The Award will be presented at the Wairoa M?ori Gala Film Awards at the iconic Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa, on Sunday 25 October.

Nicole Hoey

Nicole (Ng?ti Kahu, Te Aup?uri) has been a leader in te reo M?ori broadcasting for the past three decades.

In 1997 she created the Koina Te K?rero campaign around M?ori placenames for TV3, putting M?ori language into primetime for the first time on that mainstream network.e past thirty years through her company Cinco Cine. After a decade of producing award-winning commercial work for international and domestic clients, Nicole switched Cinco Cine's focus to normalising and revitalising te reo Ma?ori via television, film and later digital media.

Nicole has not only produced thousands of hours of television, film and more recently online content, she has also provided opportunities for hundreds of M?ori to develop production skills, alongside their te reo.

Programmes like the award-winning P?kana, K?rero Mai and Te Uru Whetu have helped boost the careers of a generation of M?ori musicians, including Aria, Teeks, and Maimoa Music.

Alongside this, industry heavyweights such as Reikura Kahi, Kawariki Morgan, Quinton Hita, and Matai Rangi Smith, have all come through the Cinco Cine wh?nau.

More recently, the award-winning series T?karo Tribe uses animation to nurture te reo for mokopuna (the very young).

In 2016 Cinco Cine was recognised for its training and mentoring of Ma?ori film practitioners, receiving the inaugural Nga? Aho Whakaari Te Pou Taunaki Award.

As well as helming her company, Nicole has held several board positions in the screen industry: Board Member and Acting Chair of New Zealand On Air, Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Screen Council, President and an executive member of SPADA (the Screen Production and Development Association), Treasurer of Nga? Aho Whakaari and an Executive member of WIFT - Women in Film and Television.

Nicole has devoted her life and career to advancing and enhancing te iwi M?ori, and te reo me ng? tikanga M?ori, and is a truly worthy example of Mana Wa?hine.


The WIFT Mana W?hine Award recognises and supports the achievements of M?ori women in film and television who work tirelessly, diligently and with vision to support and promote M?ori culture, te reo M?ori, tikanga M?ori and the welfare and stories of w?hine.

The Award was first initiated in 2011 by Wairoa M?ori Film Festival director Leo Koziol and his mother Huia Koziol.

Tickets for the Awards Gala and Film Festival can be booked at Eventfinda - M?ori Film Awards only $50, Full Festival Pass including Awards $150.



The 15th Wairoa M?ori Film Festival has over 60 short films and 10 feature films, all screening at the Gaiety Theatre over four days, from October 23rd to 26th 2020.

Watch feature films like Alien Addiction and Oscar winner Jojo Rabbit produced by Chelsea Winstanley and more arty fare such as R?rangi and Return to Gandhi Road.

There is a strong Pacific focus with two short film programmes, and feature documentaries Loimata - The Sweetest Tears, directed by Anna Marbrook, and Tupaia's Endeavour, directed by Lala Rolls.

The festival awards this year will be presented at a special 15th anniversary celebration dinner at the Vista Bar & Grill.

Wairoa M?ori Film Festival is partnering with film festivals around the world in presenting this year's programme. Solid Screen Film Festival run by Jenny Fraser in Australia will present a collection of shorts on Friday, as will also the Whakapapa Film Festival of Italy run by Joseph Rickit.

M?oriland Film Festival of ?taki has kindly partnered to present its NATIVE Slam shorts, which will screen across the weekend, while Asinabka Film Festival of Ottawa will partner to present the Takat?pui LGBTQ+ programme across the weekend, including Two Spirit shorts from Canada.

Guest musicians will be te reo M?ori songstress Kui Wano and M?ori-Samoan trumpeter Donald Trumpet aka Tavake Mosese.

Click here for the full festival programme