May 19, 2016
Koziol brought film world to Wairoa
A tribute for a Ngati Kahungunu kuia who brought the film world to Wairoa.
The funeral service for Wairoa Maori Film Festival founding chair Huia Koziol is being held today in Nuhaka.
Whetu Fala, the chair of Maori screen workers’ guild Te Aho Whakaari, says Mrs Koziol believed the whanau of her area deserved to see the world’s best.
Through the festival she organised with her son Leo she mobilised people in the area to support the work of not only Maori but other indigenous and independent filmmakers.
"We had the creme de la creme, in the early days I remember Sundance coming down Merata (Mita) brought over the people from Robert Redford's team, they come there all of those things, that kuia had that big vision that we were able to support and to follow even though we were not from Te Tairawhiti, we saw that her vision was big enough to support all of us", says Whetu Fala from Te Aho Whakaari.
E kui, moe mai ra ki ngaa ringa aroha a Ihoa o ngaa mano.
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