May 02, 2018
Te Rautaki welcome news for Maori filmmakers
Maori filmmakers are welcoming the Film Commission's new Te Rautaki strategy to work in partnership with the Maori film industry to champion Maori film and filmmakers.
Nga Aho Whakaari executive director Erina Tamepo says while the commission says Te Rautaki came out of a year of consultation, Maori filmmakers including her organisation have lobbied for 35 years for Treaty of Waitangi rights to be recognised in the way the sector is supported.
She says the commission Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga is not only talking the talk but it is putting its money where its mouth is.
"They want to put $2.5 million behind a dramatic feature in te reo Maori. They want to do research to increase their own knowledge and understanding of the Maori film industry. There is just a breadth of intentions and initiatives that are just going to make such a massive impact for the Maori film industry and it's tremendous," Ms Tamepo says.
Te Rautaki also included commitment and resources to bringing through the next generation of industry workers.
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