Taking Maori Stories to the World

13 April 2004 – Whale Rider star Rawiri Paratene visited Hawaii in mid-April to discuss cultural themes in the film and NZ as a tourist destination. “Whale Rider has been a boom for Maori filmmakers,” said Paratene, who is now writing dramatic segments for the newly instated Maori television network. “It’s a validation that our stories can reach the world and affect people.” To conclude his Star Bulletin interview Paratene described co-star and Oscar nominee, Keisha Castle-Hughes, as “New Zealand’s best marketing tool.”


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Jane Campion’s The Piano No 1 on BBC Poll

Jane Campion’s The Piano No 1 on BBC Poll

New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion’s stunning 1993 classic, The Piano has topped BBC Culture’s poll of 368 critics in 84 countries. The broadcaster’s Hannah Woodhead reveals why it’s a worthy winner. “In 1993,…