Determined to break the cycle for her tamariki, one wāhine toa turns her troubled life of addiction and trauma around by rediscovering her wairua and reclaiming her mana.

Jessica Apanui’s methamphetamine addiction began as an escape from the trauma of a violent childhood. But after years of chronic abuse, she made the decision to break the cycle for her own tamariki. Now Jess must look deep into her past and embrace the power of Māoritanga to help guide her future.


“Disconnected from my whakapapa. I knew I was Māori, but I didn’t know what that meant.”
Jessica Apanui

Holly Beckham - Mana Over Meth Director

Director/Producer: Holly Beckham

Holly Beckham studied documentary directing at South Seas Film School where she produced and directed He Ara Anō, a powerful documentary about addiction in Māori wāhine, which has won over 20 awards internationally. From there she has gone on to work on various projects as a field director and a production coordinator for Greenstone TV. She is proud of her Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Rangi heritage and knows that it is what makes her multi-cultural approach so strong.

Jason Crane - Mana Over Meth Producer

Producer: Jason Crane

Jason Antoni Crane has extensive experience as a story creator and co-producer for several commercial and narrative film projects. By day he has a successful career as a cinematographer and all his spare time he commits to telling great stories.