July 15, 2014
Glamour on both sides of camera
The late Ramai Hayward is being described as the doyenne of Maori filmmaking.
Hawyard, who travelled the world as a cinematographer with her husband Rudall Hayward making newsreels, documentaries and dramas, has died at the age of 97.
Writer Keri Kaa, who worked with her through Te Manuka Films Trust, says Hayward wasn’t one speak of her achievements.
But she was a pioneer in working with cameras, directing, producing and the other aspects of the craft.
"At Queen Victoria school when I was there she was our prizegiving photographer who use to come every December. We would all find an excuse to rush out on to the front lawn so we could gawp at her because she was absolutely glamorous. The other person we would gawp at was Mira Szaszy who was equally as glamorous. So instead of paying attention to the prizegiving we were busy goggling at these two fashion plate, " Kaa says.
At her own request a private service was held for Ramai Hayward, but whanau are organising a memorial service.
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