Oct. 15, 2019, 3:51 p.m.
At only 16 years old, Te Mahara Tamehana from Taipa and Oriwa Hakaraia from Otaki, are set to debut their short film ‘Bub’ at the ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto Canada next week.
The pair met while participating in the ‘Through Our Lens’ workshops that are part of the annual Māoriland Film Festival. The workshops give rangatahi the opportunity to travel internationally to deliver film-making workshops for their peers from other indigenous nations.
The idea for the film ‘Bub’ was initiated at one of the workshops and the pair managed to communicate and plan out their film even though they lived nearly 900km from each other. Filming took place in Otaki in January with the pair having the chance to direct a professional crew.
Te Mahara says he wants to draw on the history of Te Tai Tokerau for future films “whether it be, Dame Whina Cooper walking from Te Hapua all the way to parliament. Whether it be, the Battle of Ruapekapeka Pā or just the New Zealand Wars in general. In the end, I really want to make a New Zealand Wars film and I hope that ‘Bub’ is just the first step into making more up there films that can really put my name out”.
They are now both members of Ngā Pakiaka, the Māoriland Charitable Trust's youth leadership programme, which is planning the Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival and delivering workshops for other young people around the country.