Our Work

Advocacy & Support

Ngā Aho Whakaari’s primary role is to advocate for Māori in screen industries, including building relationships with our Crown Partners, while simultaneously holding them to account. Some of our work includes:

  • Ensuring Te Tiriti is honoured.
  • Representing Māori aspirations.
  • Communicating the impacts of inequity in screen industries.
  • Advocating for change.
  • Drafting policy response submissions.

We also provide support to practitioners by holding networking events, and professional support systems which are underway.

By Māori for Māori

We offer workshops and professional development events run by Māori screen practitioners & experts across all aspects of Television, Film and Creative Screen industries . Previous workshops include:

  • Ngā Aho Shorts Writing workshops
  • How to Pitch
  • Producer Workshops
  • Hā ki roto, hā ki waho: Hauora in Covid Environment
  • Te Tairawhiti Writers Development

Celebrating Māori Excellence

Ngā Aho Whakaari sponsors and participates in a range of Māori and Indigenous Screen Industry Events including Festivals, Summits, and Māori Awards. Not only are Māori skilled and talented, but Māori excellence and achievements must be acknowledged and celebrated.

Collaboration and Industry Relationships

Ngā Aho Whakaari is working toward Te Tiriti driven, meaningful, reciprocal relationships and collaboration with key industry organisations to access a range of opportunities for Māori. This allows us to pool our resources, skills and knowledge when possible to break down barriers in accessing a wider range of skills and expertise. Collaborations include:

  • MAP (Māori, Asian & Pacific) Producers Course, in partnership with PASC and PISA
  • MAP Writers Course
  • Māori Editors Workshop in partnership with DEGNZ


The Brown Book: A guide to working with Māori in the screen industry.

Written by: Dr. Ella Henry and Melissa Wikaire
Published by: Ngā Aho Whakaari: Association of Māori in Screen Production