13th March 2021
Generite: Te Hira Horua-Waiariki
Ko Ngati Porou, ko Tūhoe potiki e mihi atu nei. No Te Wairoa ahau. Ko Te Hira Horua ahau.
While living in Wairoa, 1 began my Generator journey late in 2019. At the time I was on a benefit and supporting my whānau through challenges, but had a dream to be a film maker and digital warrior. The Generator enabled me to purchase a camera to set up “At the Bay Productions”, a video and photography enterprise. Unfortunately, after getting a few weddings and events under my belt- COVID 19 Level 4 lockdown hit, and, my work dried up overnight. But I didn’t give up. I used the Generator camera to make a short film, Youth of the Day, which featured at the Wairoa Short Film Festival. I also took up a 12 month digital apprenticeship with Koru Digital; an MSD and Provincial Growth Fund project in Wairoa. Now everything has come together for me. Creating that short film with the help of Māoriland, means I am now a part of their Rangatahi Film Crew, Nga Pakiaka. I am proud to be helping facilitate one of the biggest Indigenous film festivals in the southern hemisphere this year. Along side that as I finish my apprenticeship, I will be crowdfunding to start a Creative Hub; a music, film and game production company called “Kumara Productions” in Wairoa.