Malo Ni. VAKA is a documentary about the Tokelauan community
weaving together their customary wisdom and modern technologies in
response to climate change. We are looking to raise $4000 to fund
our post production i.e. music licensing, archival footage and
We are a small group of Creative Media Production students from
Kelly Moneymaker, Director
Rebekah Curtis-Motley, Producer
Jessica George, Producer
Ben Dickens, Director of Photography
Mason Rudd, Editor
VAKA is our final year project which we hope to take to climate
change conferences and submit to film festivals. Filming has
wrapped and we are now in post-production.
Tokelau is a small group of atolls in the Pacific located
halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. In June our team voyaged to
Tokelau via Apia (Samoa) and a 52 hour boat ride on the Matiliki to
spend 3 weeks exploring Fakaofo, Nukunonu, and Atafu. Immersing
themselves in the culture and beauty of the village communities,
the team was able to capture some magical moments and talk to some
Through this project we hope to celebrate Tokelau's resilience
and heart for preserving their islands. As leaders at the forefront
of climate change efforts in the Pacific, they are among the first
to see these impacts (i.e. storm surges and coral bleaching) and
are taking significant measures to innovate solutions for the long
term through solar energy, wind power, and education.
We want VAKA to inspire the world to follow Tokelau's
How can you support us?
Our Boosted goal is $4000 and your donations will go towards
purchasing archival footage, translating Tokelauan, music licensing
fees, entry fees for film festivals, and generating our marketing
collateral for distribution (e.g. website, printing).
Through your support for VAKA, you are supporting a group of
emerging creative practitioners who are passionate about telling
meaningful stories. You are also supporting the chance for more
indigenous voices to be heard and acknowledged in film media.
Your contribution is greatly appreciated.
Thank you. Fakafetai.