Māori in Screen

Ngā Aho Whakaari

Ngā Aho Whakaari empowers and promotes Māori voices and stories within the Aotearoa
New Zealand screen industry.

A network of Māori in Screen industries.

Ngā Aho Whakaari Māori in Screen (NAW) is a legacy, not-for-profit organisation driven by a vision of cultural excellence, self-determination, and indigenous-led solutions by influential Māori in the screen industry.

Our mission is to actively support the global screen industries by uplifting tangata whenua & Indigenous creatives in advocating for their unique perspectives, narratives, and artistic expressions. We strive to strengthen the world where cultural appreciation thrives and authenticity is valued to empower excellence.

Our values

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Whakamana: Empowering Māori in Screen

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Whakatika: Advocacy for Māori in Screen

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Whakanuia: Celebrating Māori in Screen

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Our People

Ngā Aho Whakaari Māori in Screen board members are elected every two years from the Māori film and media arts industry. Its board have and always will be industry influencers, passionate about the future of Māori storytelling through the mediums of film and media arts. Ngā Aho Whakaari Māori in Screen has a small executive management team dedicated to the robust operations of the organisation's goals and memberships.

Piripi Curtis

Chair
Te Arawa, Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Pikiao, Tainui

Julian Wilcox

Deputy Chair
Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa

Madeleine Hakaraia De Young

Treasurer
Ngāti Kapu

Whatanui Flavell

Board Member
Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāpuhi, Taranaki iwi, Ngāti Raukawa, Te Whānau a Apanui

Michael Toki-Pangari

Board Member
Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa

Peata Melbourne

Board Member
Tuhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou

Kirstin Te Wao-Edmonds

Board Secretary
Te Arawa, Waikato, Hāmoa

Tracey-Lee Repia

Executive Finance
Ngāpuhi

Lanita Ririnui

Raukura | Executive Director
Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai, Tauranga Moana, Tumutevarovaro

Sonara Southcombe-Wallace

Executive Coordinator
Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Mutunga (Taranaki), Ngāti Pākehā

Olly Coddington

Aho Shorts Project Manager
Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Whakaue
Our Hisory

We go way back.

Ngā Aho Whakaari Māori in Screen is a non-profit organisation which began in 1996 with the purpose of empowering Māori professionals to thrive in screen industries.

1996

Ngā Aho Whakaari Māori in Screen is formed after a series of hui called by Māori film and television practitioners concerned that Māori should be accurately represented in the development of Māori broadcasting by Government.

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