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Mana Moana Documentary Series

Whakaata Māori

Four short documentaries about artists in the Mana Moana Collective.

In 2019 Storybox produced the first Mana Moana event, a collaboration with curators Rachael Rakena and Mike Bridgeman, beginning the Mana Moana Collective. Mana Moana 2019 was a collection of five audio-visual works presented on a water screen at Whairepo Lagoon in Wellington as part of Matariki celebrations in 2019. At the time we had taken the opportunity to interview some of the incredible artists involved, but these interviews had sat aside, waiting for a spare moment.

Cue level 4 lockdown. We found ourselves with some time on our hands and with some funding from Whakaata Māori we took the opportunity to create series of four short documentaries about the artists and their work which are now live on Māori Television ondemand.



Mana Moana Episode #3 – Screened in the 2021 FIFO – The Oceania Documentary Festival.


Director – Jess Feast
Producer – Ruth Korver
Camera – Mike Pottom
Editors – Jess Feast and Mike Potton
Sound Mix, Colour and Online – Mike Potton
Network Executive – Lanita Ririnui

Curated by Rachael Rakena and Michael Bridgeman
Produced by storybox – Robert Appierdo and Andrew croot
Made possible by Creative New Zealand, Wellington City Council and Massey University College of Creative Arts – Toi Rauwhārangi

Ki Utu Ki Tai
Louise Potiki Bryant, Paddy Free, James Webster, Matt Gillanders, Rosie Tapsell, Rona Ngahuia Osbourne

A Call to Kāinga
Karlo Mila, Michael Bridgeman, JOhnson Witehira, Warren Maxwell

Ka Rāranga Wai
Robyn Kahukiwa, TIna Ngata, Dayle Takitimu, Michelle Ngamoki, Johnson Witehira, Warren Maxwell

Collapsed Worlds
Johnson Witehira, Rio Hemepo-Hunuki

Ka Puna Te Wai, Ko Te Kāwai Puna
Rachael Rakena, Afuha’ Amango, Fuekafa, Lupe Fisilau, Namomo Schaaf, Dion O’Connor