FALE MATARIKI – 20, 21 JULY

Ngā Wai ō Horotiu Marae, Auckland University of Technology

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Matariki is the Māori name of the Pleiades star cluster, which reappears on the night sky horizon each year in May or June. Its appearance heralds the ‘new year’ for Māori, the new season for planting and for starting new initiatives. Fale is the word ‘house’ that is shared by the indigenous peoples of  the South Pacific, whether it be whare (Māori), vale (Fijian), fale (Samoan, Tongan), hale (Hawaiian), fare (Tahitian), or ‘are (Rarotongan)

In 2013, ‘Fale  Matariki’ will bring together Māori and Pasefika film-makers, artists and educators, under the umbrella of one house, to celebrate and support each other’s work and develop strategies to build capacity for Māori Pasefika creative arts and screen production, and to take our work to a  global audience.

‘Fale Matariki’ is hosted by Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Māori Development at Auckland University of Technology, and is being organised by Dr. Ella Henry and film-maker Whetu Fala, of Fala Media.

This event is a collaboration between Ngā Aho Whakaari, the association of Māori in screen production, the Pacific Island Media Association, Pacific Islanders in Film & Television, Auckland Council and the Commonwealth Foundation (UK).

Also at this event will be the launch of “The Brown Book” a guideline and protocols handbook for film productions wishing to engage with Māori. It was written by the late Melissa Wikaire along with Dr Ella Henry made possible with the support of Ngā Aho Whakaari, NZ On Air and NZ Film Commission.

The event will comprise screenings of Pasifika and Māori films, archival and contemporary; workshops focussing on skills-development for the creative arts and screen production, and a forum in which to discuss strategies for building capacity, enhancing opportunities, and forging networks between and on behalf of Māori and Pasifika creative artists and film-makers, both in Aotearoa and the Pacific.

A key outcome of this gathering will be the development of a strategic vision for, and resultant infrastructure to foster a cohesive and comprehensive Pasefika Māori screen industry collaboration.

     Ngā mihi, fa’afetai lava, Fãi’åkse’ea,

thanks to;

                            PACIFIC ISLAND MEDIA ASSOCIATION                 

                     PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN FILM AND TELEVISION

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VENUE: Ngā Wai ō Horotiu Marae, Auckland University of Technology, cnr Wellesley street East and Symonds street, Auckland Central.

Entry to the marae is via the Māori gateway on the corner of Wellesley street East and St Paul Street, opposite the Subway.

Car parking is across from the marae in the Wilsons Unipark carpark 6 St Paul Street or around the corner in the Symonds street carpark.

Catch the Airport bus to Symonds street stop right outside the marae gateway and across the road for easy return to the airport.

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