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Seven Maori speakers and eight NZ films are programmed for events in Hawaii at the end of the month.

The inaugural edition of the Hawaiian Media Makers’ Conference (HMMC) targets media professionals, intending to “empower our community and delve into using a cultural lens in the work we do”. The HMMC runs ahead of the opening of this year’s Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF).

The HMMC programmes seven Maori speakers. Four form the panel for Building a Native Industry: filmmakers Himiona Grace and Taika Waititi, whose respective features The Pa Boys and What We Do in the Shadows screen in the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF); documentarian Karin Williams and producer Bailey Mackey (The GC).

Producer Chelsea Winstanley speaks on the panel for Culture: Protocol for the 21st Century; screenwriter Briar Grace-Smith on the panel Native Voices: Telling our own stories; and producer and recently-appointed ED of the DEGNZ Tui Ruwhiu on the panel Amplifying Voices: Making sure our communities are heard.

The 2014 edition of HIFF has programmed NZ features Housebound, The Pa Boys, Utu Redux and What We Do In The Shadows; and shorts Ka Ho’ina, The Keeper, Lake and Pumanawa: The Gift.

The Hawaii Media Makers Conference runs 29 october, ahead of HIFF. The Hawaii International Film Festival runs 30 October – 16 November.