He Ara - Māori and Pasifika Pathways

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He Ara is a devolved development scheme aimed at assisting established New Zealand writers, producers and directors of Māori and/or Pasifika heritage to express authentic Māori and Pasifika film perspectives.

He Ara is aimed at supporting filmmakers in the creation of distinctive feature film drama or documentary projects, shaped through their chosen development framework.  We are offering devolved development funding and modest overhead support via this initiative.

The primary purpose of the fund is to support New Zealand filmmakers of Māori and/or Pasifika heritage to further create a diverse range of quality New Zealand films through:

  • increased development of culturally diverse, outstanding New Zealand projects and talent;
  • utilising Māori and/or Pasifika story models based on a traditional Māori and/or Pasifika knowledge base; and
  • Māori and/or Pasifika screen professionals forging stronger ties with the international marketplace.

In December 2016 we announced He Ara Plus, a grant for existing He Ara teams to move their projects to market-ready status by the end of 2017.

For more information please read the documents below. We welcome questions via email to [email protected]

Image courtesy of Himiona Grace: He Ara a Maui, Maui's pathways - the gold light that travels over the water.