Based in National Genre Film

Kaporangi Kiriata

Wairoa Maori Film Festival exists to support and celebrate Maori and global indigenous film-making. An annual Wairoa Maori Film Festival is held at Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, and from 2015 also at the Gaiety Theatre & Cinema complex in Wairoa. The festival screens features films, short films, documentaries and media art works. We host wananga discussions about indigenous film making, 4th cinema and the instilling of matauranga Maori principles into film mahi. Wairoa Maori Film Festival is a film festival like no other! Guests are welcomed in a traditional Maori powhiri welcoming ceremony, and can stay at the marae or at nearby Morere mineral springs, Mahia beach, or Wairoa township. We pride ourselves on a laid-back and relaxed energy, a spiritual nourishment both on screen and off. We have a reputation for rich and sincere narratives presented in a gentle and healing marae space. We give voice to the radical, on screen presence to the activist, our audiences feel and resonate with the film makers messages. We are also a collaborative space where film makers and creatives can connect; short film, documentary and feature dramatic projects have developed over a cup of tea in our marae, and some of these new works will be screening for the first time this year, at our 10th anniversary gathering. Festival Director Leo Koziol is of Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Rakaipaaka descent. Leo Koziol travels the world to curate the best international content for the Maori film festival, at the same time curating and travelling with Maori films to festivals overseas. Leo Koziol curates the Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika short film programme of the New Zealand International Film Festival. Mr. Koziol has also curated Maori short films for festivals in Hawaii, Tahiti, Finland, Germany, France, Australia, Malaysia, Fiji and Rarotonga. The Wairoa Maori Film Festival has been supported and sponsored by the New Zealand Film Commission since 2005.