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WIFT to honour Christina Asher

Ngā Aho Whakaari chair Christina Asher will receive the WIFT NZ Mana Wahine Award at Wairoa at the Wairoa Māori Film Awards next month.

A former board member of WIFT, Asher has worked as an actor and dancer and is best known these days for work in casting. Also an occasional producer and director, her doco What Are We Going To Do About Mum? screened on Māori Television last year.

The WIFT NZ Mana Wahine Award was established in 2011 by Wairoa Māori Film Festival director Leo Koziol and his mother Huia Koziol, who passed away shortly before last year’s festival.

This year’s festival has begun announcing its programme for 2017. It includes a keynote from Tame Iti, subject of Kim Webby’s The Price of Peace. Which screened at Wairoa last year and went on to win the Te Pou Tatau Pounamu/NZ Peace Foundation Award at the Māori Screen Awards last year.

The Wairoa Māori Film Festival will run 2 – 5 June. The Awards will be presented on Saturday 3 June.

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