11 years ago British immigrant, John Catmur, believes God told
him to move to Aotearoa (New Zealand) to become a Baptist
minister. Since living here, he has immersed himself in the Māori
culture. The impact has been so powerful, it has connected John to
this land and has lead him on a path inspiring others to take up
the koroka (mantle).
This story will be told by John completely in te reo Māori to
demonstrate the remarkable passion he has for the language.
From standing on the marae with his te reo class, to worshiping
Jesus Christ with members of his church in te reo Māori and
encouraging other pākeha friends to speak the language - we capture
a glimpse of John on his mission.
Like the biblical prophet, this John the Baptist carries the
word of God around to share with others. But unlike the original
prophet, John shares his message in te reo Māori.
E rau rangatira mā,
Tēnā koutou kātoa.
John The Baptist is a 3-minute documentary told
completely in te reo Māori by John Catmur.
The reason I want to make this documentary is because I met John
through my journey of learning te reo Māori and he inspires me. I
am blown away that John is from England and studies an advanced
level of te reo at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. And he makes an effort to
go to every Kura Reo he can - which are week long workshops
conducted completely in te reo Māori. Then John takes the gifts of
the Māori language to share with his own church congregation and
with his pākeha friends.
This short documentary has been selected to be made as
part of the Loading Docs initiative, with backing from principal
funder NZ On Air and with support from Te Māngai Pāho and the New
Zealand Film Commission. Loading Docs will provide $4,450 towards
this film. And with your help to reach our Boosted
goal of $2000, we will be able to hire equipment, pay for our crew
to shoot the film and cover post-production costs.
Te Kāhui o te Kiriata - The Crew
Kaihoutu (Producer) - Piata Gardiner-Hoskins
Ringatohu (Director) - Kayne Ngātokowhā Peters
Kaikōrero - John Catmur
Kaitohu reo Māori - Mataia Keepa
Kai etita (Editor) - Rihari Kite
Kaikamera (Cameraman) - Jack Tarrant
Kaihopu reo (Audio Engineer) - Matua Houltham
Kaihopu whakaahua (Photographer) - Mataara Stokes
Kaiwhakanikonikio (Graphic Artist) - Titikawhena Ngatai
Many thanks to Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
for their support of this project.
Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou e tautoko ana i tēnei
Thank you for your support.
Nāku noa, na Kayne Ngātokowhā Peters