on the big screen this Matariki
For the past 17 years, the Wairoa Māori Film Festival has championed Māori cinema in the pre-dawn of Matariki at Queen’s Birthday weekend. We picked a long weekend for people to travel the long distance to the East Coast, and we picked Matariki because it has traditionally been a time of remembrance and storytelling. In ancient times, we gathered around the fireplace and shared oral histories, moteatea and waiata. In modern time, we gather in a cinema, a marae or around our giant screen television.