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Mauri Moana

A tale of environmental urgency and the fight against invasive species.

On the serene shores of Aotea, Great Barrier Island, a looming ecological crisis threatens the very essence of the island’s marine life and the age-old practices of its inhabitants. Caulerpa brachypus, an invasive aquatic algae, is on the brink of annihilating the delicate marine equilibrium.

About the Filmmakers

Director: Nathaniel Howe

Nathaniel, a gifted Māori filmmaker, is dedicated to sharing compelling stories about the culture, history, and perspectives of Aotearoa. His work showcases his commitment to his culture and aims to foster greater understanding of Aotearoa and its Māori people. Nathaniel’s stories, rooted in the land and its people, capture the essence of Māori culture. His unique approach combines cultural knowledge with creative acumen, producing films that celebrate Māori identity, values, traditions, and their bond with the land.

Producer: Stevie Davis-Tana

Stevie (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou ki Harataunga, Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga) is a māmā and creator living in Tāmaki Makaurau. She has spent 5 years working as a youth development worker and spoken word poet and another 5 years working in media and content creation. With a Masters in Human Rights, Stevie is passionate about creativity, identity, storytelling and mana motuhake.