Weavers, Costumes & Extras Wanted for Short Film!

Nikita Baines, one of our previous funding recipients is the production manager for a professional short film – “Maumahara…Remember who you are” being made by TOKIRUA FILM STUDIOS.  The film is being made in order to raise funds for the Whanau Marama Parenting Programme which teaches parents, in particular Maori, how to lovingly and effectively raise their children (and as you will be aware, from the statistics, this is one area amongst our people which needs addressing).

The film is primarily in te reo Maori.  It is set in both the present day, and in pre colonial days.  Part of the film will be shot in Auckland, but the bulk of the film (past Maori days) will be shot in Rotorua at the Tamaki Village, March 16 – 18, 2012.  TOKIRUA FILMS STUDIO’S is sponsoring its entire crew and full HD equipment, free of charge, to make the film.

Weavers & Costumes

Because this is a low budget film we are looking for people who could allow us to borrow puipui, fine cloaks, pake, kaitaka, capes or any type of traditional Maori clothing which would be set in pre colonial times. If anyone would like to donate there time to help weave some of the costumes this would also be much appreciated. This is an non-paid position however we can offer a few things just to say thanks

  • Credits in the Movie
  • Copy of the Movie on DVD
  • Invitation to the screening
  • You will also be helping support a noble cause (Whanau Marama Parenting)

The costumes borrowed will be looked after with extreme care and will have someone looking after the costumes every single day we have them. If you are happy with allowing us to borrow your costumes but would rather you care for your costumes we would appoint you as head of the Wardrobe department. You would then be required to be on set from 16th-19th March. All meals will be provided and accommodation.

Extras Wanted

Those applying for the acting roles, will also be required to sponsor their time and talent for free.  However, there are excellent benefits for those accepted for the acting roles, which are as follows:

  • helping to support a noble cause (Whanau Marama Parenting Programme).

Once the short film is completed we will be entering it into national and international film festivals. We will also be placing it onto a professional website.

Ma te wa


Nikta Baines