July 30, 2019
Māori dramatic vision for mainstream showing
Three major drama series funded under NZ On Air’s Rautaki Māori strategy are set to play on mainstream channels.
Hineani Melbourne from Māori screen guild Ngā Aho Whakaari says it's important Māori creatives are empowered to tell their stories.
To gain Rautaki Māori status two of the productions's three main creatives must be Māori.
TVNZ will screen One Lane Bridge, a crime drama set in Queenstown featuring an ambitious young detective whose unique gift of matakite or second sight both helps and hinders his ability to solve a murder.
It's produced by Carmen Leonard from Te Arawa and Rangitāne, who also produced funeral home reality show The Casketeers.
Head High for TV3, co-written by Tim Worral from Ngāi Tūhoe, follows the emotional and highly competitive world of secondary school rugby as seen through the eyes of a rugby-mad Māori family.
And Toke, written by Kewana Duncan from Ngāti Tara, is centred on three kiwifruit workers who discover a new strain of marijuana and are drawn into the high stakes world of the global cannabis industry.
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