Red Carpet ready to roll at Maoriland Film Festival

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Temuera Morrison at The Maoriland Film Festival at the Te Wananga o Raukawa Nga Purapura health and lifestyle complex.

Otakis night sky will shine extra brightly on Saturday evening with some of the biggest stars of New Zealand entertainment descending on the town for the inaugural Maoriland Film Festival function.

Headlined by the Aoteroa roots music exponent Warren Maxwell and his former Fat Freddys Drop bandmate Dallas Tamaira, the Walk The Red Carpet event is set to bring all the glam of the international film scene, although with a distinctly Maori, or Maoriland, flavour.

The glitzy event is the culmination of a jam packed Saturday Maoriland programme that also features a presentation by internationally acclaimed Maori film maker Taika Waititi and a free screening of his kiwi blockbuster Boy. The outdoor screening will be held at the award winning Te Wananga o Raukawa contemporary health & lifestyle complex Nga Purapura.

The brainchild of New Zealand silver screen personality Libby Hakaraia, the Maoriland festival aims to showcase indigenous films from throughout the globe. Naturally, the festival has a strong New Zealand representation with Maori film exponents Temuera Morrison, Himiona Grace, Lawrence Makoare and Quentin Hita thrilling the Otaki locals with their presence in the town this week.

Maoriland co-organiser and well known Maori broadcaster Tainui Stephens is definite in the vision he shares for the future of the festival.

You must think of it as Te Kakano – small but perfectly formed he says as he motions towards the intriguing centrepiece of the Te Wananga o Raukawak Nga Purapura complex.

Our aim is to bring the world to Otaki – we are bringing the world and putting it out to the world through a native lens.

The Maoriland festival began on Wednesday 26th March and concludes this Sunday 30 March. Further information on the festival and Saturdays red carpet event can be found www.maorilandfilm.co.nz

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The students from Whakatipuranga Rua Mano perform a haka.

For further information, contact:

William Stewart Mauriora Marketing & PR
Mobile: 021 220 8015
William@mompr.co.nz

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