June 4, 2017

WAIROA MAORI FILM AWARDS 2017
PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 3 2017:

The Wairoa Maori Film Awards were held  on June 2 at the Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa. Here are the award winners:

T-TAHITI PRIZE – return trip to Tahiti to travel to the T-Tahiti Film Festival
Award to: TAMA by Jared Flitcroft & Jack O’Donnell

Moana Prize (Best Pasifika Short) decided by the Moana Jury
Award to: MARIA by Jeremiah Tauamiti

Whenua Prize (Māori Short) decided by the Whenua Jury
Award to: TAMA by Jared Flitcroft & Jack O’Donnell

Audience Award – Maori Short Film
Award to: TAMA by Jared Flitcroft & Jack O’Donnell

Audience Award – Maori Short Film – Actor
Award to: Eric Matthews as Tama, in TAMA by Jared Flitcroft & Jack O’Donnell

Audience Award -Maori Short Film – Actress
Award to: Aidee Walker, in LAUNDRY by Becs Arahanga

Mana Kainga Award – for a community making contribution to Maori film making
Award to: NATALIE – Qianna Titore & the Hokianga community

Te Wairoa Award – For Contribution to Media in Wairoa
Ratima Hauraki & Zach Stark

WMFF WIFT Mana Wahine Award
Award to: CHRISTINA ASHER

WMFF PIFT Mana Pasifika Award
Award to: CRAIG FASI of the Pollywood Film Festival

International Indigenous Award
Award to: FROM UP NORTH by Trudy Stewart, Janine Windolph & Noel Starblanket

Mana Wairoa Award – for contribution to the advancement of indigenous rights
Award to: LGBTQI+ AOTEAROA THEN & NOW by Teresa Wells & Qmunnity Gisborne Youth

ENDS

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