Two Auckland-based filmmakers who whakapapa to Hokianga, Poata Eruera and Tui Ruwhiu of Tauihu Media Shorts, have been contracted to select the Hokianga script that they think should proceed to production in 2013 as part of the Aho Shorts project.
Eruera and Ruwhiu, together with Ngāti Awa filmmaker Bradford Haami have been one of three executive producer teams managing the New Zealand Film Commission’s Premiere Short Film Fund for the last two years.
Their responsibility at the Short Film Fund has been to select four film scripts submitted by the cream of New Zealand’s emerging filmmaking talent and to oversee the filmmaking teams as they produce high end short films for the international festival circuit.
“We’re proud and excited to be back in the Hokianga working at our grassroots level helping to uncover the next crop of talented Māori filmmakers, “ says Eruera. “Coming home to work on this initiative is a real treasure,” Ruwhiu added.
The Aho Shorts programme is running concurrently in the Hokianga, Waiariki and Waikaremoana regions, with all selected films to be completed by the end of 2013.
Writer/Director/Producer Poata Eruera was born in the Hokianga and has close whanau links to the area. His short film work as a writer/director has screened nationally and internationally (Hawaii, Clermont Ferrand film festivals). Poata is a graduate of the writer’s course at the prestigious Binger Institute in Amsterdam. He is currently one of three executive producers of Tauihu Shorts, an executive producer group contracted by the New Zealand Film Commission for the years 2010 – 2012 to produce short films through the commission’s Short Film Fund.
Producer Tui Ruwhiu was raised amongst other locations in the Bay of Islands and has family links to south Hokianga. He has more than 20 years experience domestically and internationally telling stories using video, TV, film and marketing communications. He is together with Poata an executive producer of Tauihu Shorts, and with fellow Tauihu Shorts executive producer and colleague Brad Haami has six feature films in development with the New Zealand Film Commission.