Renae Maihi is an award-winning & critically acclaimed writer & director in theatre & film. After completing a Bachelor of Performing Arts majoring in Drama she went on to only a few years later write her debut play Nga Manurere, starring Keisha Castle-Hughes. The NZ Herald “Best of 2009” favored Nga Manurere as the “surprise jewel of the year” & proclaimed, “ More Maihi Mahi please.”The short film Redemption which she co-wrote with Tim Balme & Katie Wolfe travelled to Berlin Film Festival, Sundance & won the Best Short Film at Toronto’s Imaginative Film Festival 2010. Renae then went on to write & direct her NZFC funded & award winning short film Butterfly that she accompanied to various international film festivals in Toronto & Germany with local screenings on Maori TV’s Iti Pounamu. Her play Patua won Renae the Adam NZ Playwrights award for Best Play by a Maori Playwright 2013. Critics called Patua a “NZ Classic” & noted that it “Should be studied in every high school in NZ.” Patua recently toured the Far North with New Zealander of the Year Dr Lance O’Sullivan standing to mihi to the importance of the work. Having just completed directing NZONAIR funded music video Lockdown by ReZIST Renae is eager to return into the director’s chair for her first feature film, which she is currently writing. Her life’s ambition is to continue to create works that empower & examine the status quo of Maori & indigenous peoples in the world and work as a cinematic writer & director at an international level.