Pania Newton draws on the power of her tūpuna to rise against a
corporate body and protect ancestral land.
Pania is one of the co-founders
leading SOUL, a collective of Māori and
non-Māori activists who are fighting for the return of the
1000-year-old historical site Ihumātao to the rightful guardians of
This short documentary follows Pania's personal journey,
highlighting what it takes to lead a protest group, with the
pressures and sacrifices made in order to fight for what she
believes is right.
This is ultimately a story of hope. No matter what happens,
Pania promises to fight.
MANA WAHINE has been selected as part of the successful Loading
Docs short documentary initiative. The principal funder is NZ On
Air, with support from Te Māngai Pāho and the New Zealand Film
We are excited to be part of this initiative and we want you to
come on this filmmaking journey with us.
This is our first collaboration together as filmmakers and we
look forward to sharing this film with you.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
In order to unlock the contribution from Loading Docs of $5500,
we need to raise AT LEAST $2500 through Boosted. This is where we
need your help. We need these funds to pay our crew, equipment and
flights to follow SOUL to Wellington to film a march as part of
This is an all-or-nothing campaign. If we don't reach our
target, we won't be able to make this documentary!
Our stretch goal is to raise $5000 through Boosted. This will
help us to also license archival footage, which we hope will play
an integral part in the telling of this story. By looking to the
past, we can hopefully project a better future for all of
This is your opportunity to help us get this important film out
into the world. Please donate to our kaupapa and share this with
Ngā mihi nunui ki a tātou kātoa
There are many people supporting this kaupapa, but here are some
of the key crew involved:
Corinna Hunziker - Director
With four years directing experience of youth series Both
Worlds for TV3, Corinna (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu) learned how
empowering it is for minorities to have their voices heard, and
that storytelling can make a difference, and in some small way
shape the world we live in.
Corinna was also recently chosen as the trainee director on the
upcoming TVOne drama feature film Runaway
Millionaires shadowing experienced director Danny
Mia Henry-Teirney - Producer
Mia (Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Te Rārawa, Ngāti Kuri) is a Māori
producer, that has produced short film My Brother
Mitchell, series 1 of Baby Mama's Club, and was the
intern producer on Mahana. Mia is passionate about sharing
indigenous stories with global audiences, and has worked as a
production manager and coordinator on various local and
Evan Howel & Jason Antonio Crane - Directors of
Annie Hubbard - Editor