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Wairoa spread its wings

The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is reaching across the ditch to Sydney to create the Aotearoa Maori Film Festival, which it will launch later this month.

The festival is being established in partnership with the Sydney Maori Business Network.

The launch event comes rather a long way out from the inaugural edition of the event, which will run during Matariki (June/July), just behind Wairoa’s traditional Queen’s Birthday weekend festival. The festival will play in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The launch offers up Wairoa founder Leo Koziol, chair Ratu Tibble and programmer Hiona Henare. The event will screen a selection of short films previously seen at Wairoa and the NZIFF’s Wairoa-curated Nga Whanaunga programme.

Hiona Henare’s Uru, Mark Ruka’s Baby Steps, Louise Leitch’s Whakatiki, Briar Grace-Smith’s Nine Of Hearts, Hamish Bennett’s The Dump and Libby Hakaraia’s The Lawnmower Men Of Kapu will screen.

Event information is available from the Maori Business Network in Sydney.

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