Two worlds collide at Wellington's biggest ever LGBTIQ pride
celebration where a takatāpui (queer Māori) activist seeks
Kia ora! We are Kathleen and Jaimee, and we're making a great
This is the story of Kassie, and her journey to find balance in
her identity as queer and Māori.
How will she stay true to herself in the glamorised pride
The Wellington Pride Festival is the capital's annual
celebration of LGBTIQ (queer and transgender) identities, and the
2017 festival is going to be the biggest in 25 years! It is a key
time of celebration for this diverse community - but some stories
are still not being told.
Takatāpui - LGBT Māori identity - is still not widely
understood, even within Aotearoa. We want to use the momentum of
this historic occassion to highlight and uplift this story of
This short documentary will utilise both English and Te Reo
Māori to take us on a lyrical journey through Māori myth and
proverb. It is an intensely personal story, but one with
far-reaching themes. At its core, this film asks - how do we stay
true to who we are?
We're excited to announce that 'He Awa Mutunga Kore - A
Takatāpui Journey' has been generously supported by the Loading
Docs initiative, along with principal partner NZ on Air, the New
Zealand Film Commission, and Te Māngai Pāho.
This means that the film will be produced to Loading Docs' high
standards, and be viewed by a wide audience.
We're asking for your support to help us film this vibrant and
poetic story. We have an entire parade and festival to film, studio
space to hire, and rainbow poi to braid. Our $2000 target will
make the film a reality, and anything we can raise above that will
make it bigger and better - more cameras, more crew, more elaborate
Thank you so much for giving your time and support - whether it
be a $5 donation, a 'like' for our video, a share on Facebook or a
sneaky word to your flush aunty. We'll pour all of that aroha into
making the best film we can, to reflect this beautiful voice and
community who deserve to be seen.
Pride Parade Wrapped!
6 DAYS AGO
The Wellington Pride Parade is over and done with. Thanks to your love and support we were there with THREE cameras, and we have days of beautiful footage to put into the film. Thank you all for helping us get to this point.
We still have some cheeky studio footage to film, and a big pile of editing to rip into. With 11 days left in our crowdfunding campaign, we're continuing to spread the word as we push on to our goal of $7000 (!!). If we hit this target, we can produce a SECOND short film about the takatāpui community group Tiwhanawhana.
Every $5 pledge is another hour we can spend behind the editing screen, shaping stories that deserve to be seen and heard.
Ngā mihi nui,
- Kathleen, Jaimee and the crew.
UPDATE - TWO SHORT FILMS?!
1 WEEK AGO
We’ve reached our $4000 target with one day to spare -- which means we’ll be filming the Pride Parade this Saturday with no less than THREE cameras!
We’re so excited, and so grateful to everyone who has given so far. 112 people have now donated to the film. Thank you to all of our family and friends and to the many, many strangers who have donated to support this kaupapa.
With two weeks left in the campaign, we’re aiming for an ultimate goal of $7000. If we can hit that target, the money will give us the time and resources to cut together a second, short ‘companion’ video about Tiwhanawhana - a takatāpui community group here in Wellington.
They’re a beautiful group with so many different stories and experiences to share.
Excited to see one short film about takatāpuitanga? Get pumped for TWO of them.
3 WEEKS AGO
We’re so honoured to have hit our target on the FIRST DAY of our campaign. Our $2000 goal was the bare minimum amount we need to start work on this film. I guess we totally underestimated the love, support and need for this story to be told.
So now we’re starting to dream big.
Our next goal is to hit:
$4000 by Friday the 17th!
If we can hit that goal in time, we’ll be able to hire THREE cameras to film the Wellington Pride Parade and Out in the Park fair. There are three streets of beautiful mayhem to capture and we want to do it right.
Please keep hustling, shoulder-tapping, sharing and wallet-opening to help us reach this new target, so we can capture this historic occasion with the high definition and scale it deserves.
Ngā mihi nui,
- The 'Takatāpui Journey' team.
FIRST TARGET ALREADY?
3 WEEKS AGO
This is too much. We're blown away by your support, and are already making big plans for the rest of this crowdfunding month. Watch this space, and thank you for launching our waka with so much enthusiam and love.
Incredible Day One!
3 WEEKS AGO
Tēnā koutou katoa,
We are so humbled and honoured by the support this project has seen in its first 12 hours of life.
We went live at 8am this morning, and by midday we had $750. Now we’re well over $1000 - on day one!
I know I speak for all of us on this small and passionate team when I say that we struggle asking for help, especially for money, from our families and from our community. To have support given freely means so much - and has shown us what this film means to so many people. This story needs to be told.
The donors who have given $50 or $100 are the foundations that will get this film made. The many, many people who have given $5, often anonymously, are the reason we are making this film. We hear and feel what you’re giving.
Okay, enough emotion. It takes a big pile of $$ to make a movie, and this story deserves to be made in a beautiful and professional way. Please keep sharing, spreading the word, shoulder tapping and wallet-opening.
We’ve made an official Facebook page for the film - a way for you to follow us as we document this crazy process, and be the first to hear when the film is finished and ready. https://www.facebook.com/takataapuidoco/
Ngā mihi nui,