Hone Tuwhare, New Zealand’s most famous Māori poet, leaves a legacy to the granddaughter he left behind. To reconnect, she writes a love letter to the world.

A national treasure whose poetry spanned over 40 years, the world knew Hone Tuwhare. His mokopuna Manaia never did. Now 18 years old, Manaia feels her koro calling her, triggering an emotional journey of connection in te reo Māori to prove there’s another Tuwhare who writes poetry.

“Yes, he is here in spirit. But, he isn’t just in one place. His spirit is with me. – Manaia Tuwhare

Hone Tuwhare poetry is available in Small Holes in the Silence: Collected Works, Godwit Press, Penguin Random House NZ, 2011. All inquiries to [email protected]

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Director: Matariki Bennett

Matariki (Te Arawa, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue) is a 2019 South Seas Film and Television School graduate with a Diploma in Screen Production, majoring in Screenwriting and Drama Directing. Matariki has written for ‘Ahikāroa’, co-written and directed ‘From the Mist’ – a TVNZ short film. Matariki’s short film, ‘Tōku Reo’ (2019), debuted at the 2020 Wairoa Māori Film Festival. Matariki is a member of the Spoken Word group, Ngā Hine Pūkōrero, honoured with the Creative New Zealand Ngā Manu Pīrere Award in 2021.

Producer: Rachel Fawcett

Rachel Fawcett is a Kiwi producer of Chinese descent. She began her career as co-producer of ‘Friday Night Bites’ (season 2), working with Roseanne Liang and the Flat3 team. She has since served as associate producer on the Catalyst-funded short, ‘Impossible’, and was the sole producer on Steven Chow’s short thriller, ‘Munkie’, starring Xana Tang. She is currently developing a number of short films, plus a feature script for ‘Munkie’. Her focus is on telling diverse female-led stories.