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Fale Matariki 20, 21 July 2013

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Fale Matariki – 20, 21 July 2013
Te Wai o Horotiu Marae, Auckland University of Technology

Matariki is the Maori 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 Maori, 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 (Maori), vale (Fijian), fale (Samoan, Tongan), hale (Hawaiian), fare (Tahitian), or are (Rarotongan)

matariki3In 2013, Fale Matariki will bring together Maori and Pasefika film-makers, artists and educators, under the umbrella of one house, to celebrate and support each others work and develop strategies to build capacity for Maori 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 Maori 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 Nga Aho Whakaari, the association of Maori 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 Maori. It was written by the late Melissa Wikaire along with Dr Ella Henry made possible with the support of Nga Aho Whakaari, NZ On Air and NZ Film Commission.

The event will comprise screenings of Pasifika and Maori 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 Maori 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 M?ori screen industry collaboration.

Nga mihi, faafetai lava,Fikseea,

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