“He wahine he whenua e ngaro ai te tangata”
For women & land men are lost
Nanny Oriwa an elderly woman sends for her beloved grandson to come home from the city to sort the inheritance of her land. She is dying and fears that her land will be divided, and with it her family.
Nanny Oriwa’s eldest son Ben runs the neglected and rundown family farm, he is suspicious of the proposed family trust and secretly afraid that the farm will be taken from him. His younger brother Joe with his partner Desray, care for their elderly mother. Joe would love nothing more than to make something of the farm and their family land.
Michael must also confront his past for Desray who was the childhood sweetheart he left behind.
Their love for their mother/grandmother and the land binds them and with this bequest Nanny Oriwa seeks to hold the land and her family together even after she has departed this world.
Hineani is an accomplished producer of film and television. Her work in documentaries, childrens’ programming, drama, Māori language and culture has been screened in NZ cinema, TVNZ and Māori television.
She was the former Managing Director Internal Programming for Māori Television and the Executive Officer for Ngā Aho Whakaari – Māori in Screen Production guild. She runs a weekly radio programme for BBC World and is a published author.
Her producing drama credits include the ground breaking Māori children’s animation series “Moko Toa” and the 2011 short film “Winter Boy.”
Kararaina is a Writer/Director based in Waikaremoana. ‘Ukaipo Whenua’ is Kararaina’s second short film. Set firmly in Waikaremoana, central North Island NZ it is a contemporary tale of what could happen to ancestral inherited land.
Her first film ‘Taku Rakau E’ was produced in 2011 by the late Merata Mita and was selected for screening at the 2012 Matariki Māori Womens’ Festival on Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf NZ.
Tawhiti is a Maori Language Sci Fi Relationship Drama.
Ruanui has returned from Mars but instead of settling down like he promised, he tries to convince his wife and daughter to return with him to start a new life on Mars.