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Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2019

Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2019

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  • Fri 31 May ’19 – Mon 3 Jun ’19, 11:00am
  • Fri 31 May ’19, 11:00am – 10:00pm
  • Sat 1 Jun ’19, 10:00am – 10:00pm
  • Sun 2 Jun ’19, 10:00am – 10:00pm
  • Mon 3 Jun ’19, 9:00am – 10:00am


Kahungunu Marae, Cnr Ihaka St & Mataira St, Nuhaka, Wairoa


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full Festival Pass 2019: $157.25
  • Marae Accommodation: $79.88
  • Friday Marae Day Pass: $23.00
  • Saturday Marae Day Pass: $23.00
  • Sunday Marae Day Pass: $33.75
  • Morere Bush Cinema: $10.25

Nau Mai! Nau Mai! Haere Mai! Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2019!

Join us for the 14th annual Wairoa Maori Film Festival, to be held at Kahungunu Marae (War Memorial Hall), Nuhaka, the Gaiety Theatre. Wairoa, and Morere Hall from Friday, May 31 to Monday, June 3.

We have a full weekend of films in Nuhaka, and an exciting Maori Film Awards Gala event in Wairoa!

Ticket costs:
A full Festival Pass ($150) and tickets to the Wairoa Maori Film Awards Gala ($50) can be pre-purchased online.

All other tickets are door sales as follows:
Kahungunu Marae - Day Pass (films) $10 (Friday night, Saturday or Sunday)
Marae Stay $25 night. Meals at the marae are $10 each.
Gaiety Theatre - Feature Films $10, Short Films $5.

Here is the line-up of events at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival.

Friday May 31: Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka
11 am Official Festival Powhiri (Traditional Welcome)
1 pm to 4 pm Kahungunu Film Hui: Making Movies in Wairoa
6 pm Opening Night: Mana Wahine Shorts
8 pm Opening Night: Pasifika Shorts

Saturday, June 1: Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka
11 am: Moana Nui A Kiwa Shorts
1 pm: New Voices Shorts In Conversation with Fred Renata

Saturday, June 1: Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa
6 pm Festival Gala Awards Night
6 pm Reception
7 pm Gala Commences
With live music, short films and awards presentations LIVE MUSIC FRAN KORA
Join us for a night of entertainment, glamour and excitement on the red carpet of East Coast, Aotearoa!

Sunday, June 2: Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka
10.30 am Turtle Island Shorts
1 pm Kiriata Oranga Shorts
2 pm Kiriata O Te Ao Shorts
3.30 pm Falls Around Her (Feature) Canada

Sunday, June 2: Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa
12 pm Matariki Shorts
2 pm Merata - Feature Aotearoa
4 pm Soldiers Without Guns - Feature Aotearoa
6 pm Brown Boys - Feature Aotearoa

Sunday, June 2: Morere Hall, Morere
Bush Cinema (7 pm to 11 pm): Our closing celebration with hot pools and movies in the forest

Monday, June 3: Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka
9 am Poroporoaki and Formal Closing of Festival

About the Festival
The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is a film festival like no other!

Guests are welcomed in a traditional Maori powhiri welcoming ceremony and can stay at the marae (in the cinema!) or at nearby Morere mineral springs, Mahia beach, or Wairoa township.

We pride ourselves on a laid-back and relaxed energy, a spiritual nourishment both on screen and off. We have a reputation for rich and sincere narratives presented in a gentle and healing marae space. We give voice to the radical, on-screen presence to the activist, our audiences feel and resonate with the filmmaker's messages.

We are also a collaborative space where filmmakers and creatives can connect; short film, documentary and feature dramatic projects have developed over a cup of tea in our marae, and some of these new works will be screening for the first time this year, at our 13th anniversary gathering.

For the fifth year, we're also spreading our wings and incorporating the Gaiety Cinema in Wairoa into our festival. On Saturday. there will be a special Wairoa Maori Film Awards Gala evening, preceded by a special reception event. This year the evening is focused on Wairoa talent on screen and in sound! Music! Cameras! Action!

On Sunday, films are on all day at both the Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa, and Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, with a closing gathering and screening at Morere Hot Springs.

Join us to celebrate fourteen years of the Maori Film Festival in Wairoa!

Nau Mai! Nau Mai! Haere Mai!
Wairoa Maori Film Festival. A Film Festival Like No Other.
First Nations. 4th Cinema. Theme 2019: Maramataka Maori

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