Māori Screen Health & Safety Workshop

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TUESDAY 17TH MAY 2016  5.00PM – 7.00PM

Manaaki tangata, manaaki ōu hoamahi

Look after your friends and whānau in the workplace.  Make sure you all get home to your loved ones safe and sound.

This Health & Safety workshop will focus on the unique demands of working on Māori productions.
The presentation will be by Richard Bluck, President of NZ Techos Guild, President of NZ Cinematographers Guild, is on the Screensafe steering group membership and is a Director of the ScreenSafe company; Marc Ashton, production executive at NZ Film Commission and a member of ScreenSafe as well as a legal specialist in Health & Safety regulations from Minter Ellison.
It is brought to you by Māori Television, Te Māngai Pāho and Ngā Aho Whakaari in association with Screensafe NZ and Minter Ellison.    
We are urging all Producers, Directors, Technicians including camera crews and production personnel to attend.

It’s free with a light supper provided.

Please Register:  

Tuesday 17th May 2016 5.00pm

MĀORI TELEVISION, Davis Crescent, Newmarket, Auckland.

NB:  If you cannot make it let us know. 

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Special Health & Safety Workshop


TUESDAY 17TH MAY 2016 5.00PM – 7.00PM  @


This Health & Safety workshop is brought to you by Māori Television, Te Māngai Pāho and Ngā Aho Whakaari in association with Screensafe NZ and Minter Ellison. The focus will be on the unique demands of working on Māori productions. Health & Safety workshops have been held throughout Aotearoa. But this workshop is specifically aimed at Māori in the screen industry. Legally, everyone must comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. However, the incentives for striving for high health and safety standards go beyond the legal obligations – morally and economically poor health and safety can have serious ramifications in the screen sector. The screen sector is unique in that all of us bring our own experience and skills to a workplace (a company structure) that may only exist for a short period of time. This is quite different to companies that are formed with the intention to exist for many years. Under the new Act, this has implications that are discussed further in Section 4. Furthermore,we are passionate individuals with a strong work ethic and desire to create great productions. We also want to come home safe each day (or night) after work and need to take health and safety seriously. Obstacles can stand in the way of good health and safety, from the pressure of production or deadlines, to financial constraints and the complexity of the screen sector and production process. A safe environment and positive safety culture is both beneficial for the health and safety of each of us and also makes for a better production

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Happy Birthday Ngā Aho Whakaari. 20-years-old.

7th -8th October Ngā Aho Whakaari biennial Conference at AUT. AND the inaugural Māori Media Gala Ball.

We are in planning for our 20th year with exciting guests representing the best of the world’s screen industry, promoting Māori works and supporting workers across the spectrum. In the pipeline are the pitching competition, ‘hands-on’ technical workshops,master classes introducing new technology, ‘must-know-information’ sessions as well as great films. Plus Ngā Aho Whakaari are introducing the glittering Māori Media Ball with awards to recognise the great and the best in the Māori screen industry. More soon……

Kua tangi te ngākau

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E papa ana te whatitiri…..

E papā ana te whatitiri e hikohiko ana te uira ki runga i ngā tihi o ngā maunga whakahī o te motu, ko Hikurangi maunga tērā me te rirohanga o Tānara Whairiri ki Tawhiti Ngata o Ngāti Porou me te Whānau-a-Apanui ki a Hinenuitepō ki a Ruatepupuke mā. Kua tanuku te tihi o Tongariro I te nunumitanga o Rowley Habib ki a Hinetītama ki a Ngātoroirangi mā. Kua taupoki te waha o Ramarama ki Pukekohe I te wehenga atu o Ross Jennings ki tua o te ārai. Ā, kua whati mai te tara o marama ki runga o Mauao I te matenga ohorere o Matiu Dickson o Te Rangihouhiri o Tūkairangi, me kī e kore te pāpaka o Rangataua e hoki whakamuri. Moe mai rā koutou e ngā pūwherowhero o huia tūrae o huia kaimanawa kia ū koutou ki te takere o te waka o Tamarereti hai tohu whatukura mā ngā mahuetanga iho e takatū tonu ana I te aotūroa nei.

Nā Eruera Morgan

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Māori broadcasting has lost yet more of the founders our industry.

Whai Ngata

TVNZ’s former head of Maori and Pacific programming, Whai Ngata, died last week.  At his tangi in Ruatoria he was described as the “Godfather” of Māori broadcasting.

Whai Ngata was a journalist when there were perhaps five in the country.  He, Derek Fox and Purewa Biddle set up Te Karere, coming straight from Radio NZ to set up the bulletin for the day.  It began as 2-minutes long.

Derek Fox told of how their two desks in the middle of the TVNZ  newsroom were like an island, they were the only Māori.  They and others such as Wena Harawira and Erana Keelan Reedy told of the on-going fight for resources and crews.  And then there was the hate mail.  But they had a bulletin to put to air so they just did their jobs.

In 1986, Whai Ngata joined the late Ernie Leonard to establish TVNZ’s Māori Programmes department.

Waka Huia regarded as Whai Ngata’s baby began in 1987, after Ernie Leonard pondered all that would be lost if the planes carrying kaumātua to Te Māori crashed on the way.  Presented completely in te reo Māori, Waka Huia travels across Aotearoa to interview and preserve the knowledge of Māori elders.

At this time Te Karere and Waka Huia were virtually the only Māori heard on New Zealand’s television.

In 1994 Whai Ngata became Head of Māori Programmes responsible for Māori and Pacific programmes.

In the 90s, he completed the English-Māori dictionary begun by his father Hori Mahue Ngata and family. Hori Ngata died on February 1989, before it was completed, but Whai finished it.

In 1993, Ngata’s English–Maori Dictionary was published. It won the Award for Best Non-Fiction Book at the 1994 Montana Book Awards.

In 2007 Whai Ngata was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit, for services to broadcasting and television.  His work changed the face of New Zealand broadcasting forever.

Whai Ngata died aged 74 after a long illness and is survived by his mother Mihihara, wife Geraldine, three sons and his beloved mokopuna.

Sad Farewells & Fabulous Winners

Ranginui Walker

 ‘E kapo ki te whetū, e kapo ki te marama,
e kapo ki te ata o tō raukura, ka riro ki paerau ki tō te huinga o te kahurangi ka oti atu koutou e.’
E te tōtara haemata o te wao, e te kākā tarahae o te motu,
e te manu hononga o te pae e te Ahorangi e Ranginui,
kua tānuku te tihi o Tauwhare o Rangitoto,
e ka tānuku koā te toka i te moana i te tokatū moana
a ki ngā tai ki ngā ngaru, ā ki ngā hau,
haere, haere, haere atu rā.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of 83 year old Dr Ranginui Walker.

A fearless advocate of Māori rights and the Treaty of Waitangi he challenged the status quo with clear and critical thinking.

He made Pākeha New Zealanders question themselves, their attitudes, their institutions and the government.  But he also made Māori question their own acceptance and compliance with institutional racism.

From Whakatohea Ranginui Walker was an educator, a historian and a social commentator.  His column in the NZ Listener were later published as part of the book Ka Whaiwhai Tonu Matou: Struggle Without End.  This book should be required reading for all New Zealanders.

He was secretary and later chairman of the Auckland District Māori Council.  In 2003 he  was appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal.

The Nga Tamatoa movement grew out of a young Māori leaders conference he organised.

In 2001, Ranginui Walker was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

He remained a commentator and keen critic throughout his life giving of his time freely, particularly to Māori reporters, providing insight and commentary on issues, events and politics which impacted on Māori society.

Moe mai e te Rangatira. Okioki i roto i te rangimarie.

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A must see and do for all in the screen industry.  Māoriland Film Festival 23-27th March 2016 in Ōtaki with an impressive lineup of films and film-makers from all over the world.




Meri Kirihimete

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Ngā mihi mahana o te wā kia koutou katoa me ou koutou whānau.

Tēnā koutou o te ao pāpāoho me nga ringa rehe o te ao kiriata. Ko tenei te mihi a Hine Raumati me Tane Rore a te Poari ki a koutou katoa. Kia huri o tātou whakaaro ki a rātou kua wehe atu ki te pō moe mai koutou. A ka tika kia hoki ki te ao tūroa ki a tātou te hunga ora e kawe tonu ngā kaupapa, ngā tīkanga me te reo rangatira a oū tātou mātua tūpuna tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, a tēnā tātou katoa.

The Board of Ngā Aho Whakaari wish all our members and associates a merry Christmas and look forward to a creative and exciting New Year.  Travel safely and be good to yourself and to your loved ones.

Office Hours & Dates

The Ngā Aho Whakaari office at 195 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby will officially be closed from Tuesday 22nd December to Monday 11th January.

However I will be contactable by email admin@ngaahowhakaari.co.nz or by mobile 0212432731 but I tend to wander off where there is no mobile service or internet or electricity or even landlines sometimes so leave a message and when I get service I will reply.


New Ngā Aho Iti Shorts 2016.

We will be supporting more Ngā Aho Short films in the New Year.  More information next year and we look forward to supporting more Māori inspired, Māori produced, Māori written, Māori stories on screen.

MTS Funding Rounds