Whetu Fala

Matariki July 2018Whetu Fala – Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Maru ki Taranaki, Samoa, Rotuma.

fala media owner Whetu Fala has produced, directed and edited, hundreds of hours of television, including drama, documentaries, reality series and short films in Aōtearoa New Zealand since getting her start at Television NZ in 1988.

short films she has written include Haka & Siva, Hei Tiki and she directed Ruki’s Voice by Gabrielle Huria that was created and filmed entirely on Ngāi Tuāhuriri land outside of Christchurch, NZ.

documentaries Whetu has produced and directed include Kōtahi Mano Kaika and Te Upoko ō te Ika Making Waves. Her work has screened in NZ cinemas, on NZ Television channels One, 2, TV3, Discovery Channel, SBS Australia, Can West Canada, Sweden and Māori Television.

feature films she has appeared in as an actor include NZ films Te Rua, Jubilee to USA film Other side of Heaven produced by G E Molen (Schindlers List).

Whetu has a background in theatre as an actor. Her work includes Young Māori in performance season at the Sydney Opera House, Australia her own company He Oriori mo ngā Tamariki tour to Storytellers International, Alburqerque, New Mexico USA .

Her first professional theatre production was 1983 ‘Death of the Land’ by Rore Hapipi for Māori Artists and Writers Ngā Puna Wahanga Waiatarau, Freemans Bay branch tour to Rotorua performing at Whakarewarewa.  Directed by Paki Cherrington with Tainui Stephens, Arapera Bella Kaa Blank produced by Dame Georgina Kirby and Brian Kirby. Whetu toured extensively in NZ theatre in education troupes Te Ohu Whakaari, Town & Country Players that had a focus on presenting stories by Māori and NZ writers.

Whetu is a founding member of Taki Rua Theatre, Te Manu Aute Māori Film, Women in Film & Television Wellington, Ngā Aho Whakaari Māori Screen Guild and Pacific Islanders in Film & Television Aōtearoa.

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Still: ‘Siva’ Featuring Rachel Taulelepea Director/Composer Fonoti Pati Umaga Producer: Whetu Fala