“ I’m very grateful for my life, and I have to say it’s because I made a decision very early on because I had a hunger for the language… where the language was just a normal part of what you do. I pat myself on the back for dropping out of varsity..” – Tainui Stephens
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In this episode, I sit down with Libby Hakaraia and Tainui Stephens in the Otaki sun. Libby and Tainui helped bring the Māoriland film festival to life. Māoriland Film Festival is the largest indigenous film festival in the southern hemisphere. Outside the festival, they’re both extremely prolific storytellers with massive careers on and off-screen through some of the most important shows in Aotearoa, especially for Māori.
As well as their career journeys from a time when hearing Māori on primetime television was just a dream, we talk about racism from ex-prime ministers, fighting against those trying to put our people in boxes, what it means to do the work you love, the importance of indigenous storytelling, being in control of the medium, and lots, lots more. It was a fun conversation and we covered a lot of ground.
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PS Māoriland film festival runs between March 18 – March 22 2020 and is an annual event. I highly recommend checking it out! For more information including movies and screen times, visit here: https://maorilandfilm.co.nz/Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Stitcher
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- Doing the work you love
- How small-town Aotearoa shows the true personality of our country.
- What it was like coming up in an era where Te Reo Māori in mainstream media was still a dream.
- Why Māoriland film festival is important.
- How working together as a couple helps in your individual mahi.
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Pukapuka/books we talked about:
The short stories Pera mentioned:
People Tainui & Libby mentioned:
- Anaru Kupenga: https://www.teaomaori.news/he-maimai-aroha-anaru-kupenga
- Henare Te Ua – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henare_te_Ua
As always, he mihi nui, a big thank you, to Patrick Ryan for the audio magic, and Trek One for the choice intro music (you can hear more of his music on Spotify here.)
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