“This wonderful initiative Through our Lens visited Rarotonga and Aitutaki for a workshop to train about 40 young people on the many aspects of film.
“I was so proud of the production by our young people and deeply grateful for the support from Maoriland to enable this opportunity. To have two young ladies (Kaia and Luca Dearlove) who starred in two of the short films and who responded very well to the questions from the floor, was absolutely special,” said the High Commissioner.
This programme was facilitated in the Cook Islands by Motone Productions.
The High Commissioner congratulates all the young people from Rarotonga and Aitutaki who produced the short films – The Hunt; The Note; Rock, Paper, Scissors, Miracle; Island Fu; and Who we are – E uki rai te tamariki o te Ipukarea.
“I absolutely admire and am thankful to Mo and Glenda for their passion and aroa in finding opportunities for our tamariki to harness and pursue their creativity. I think we have some great filmmakers, scriptwriters, producers, actresses and actors in the making,” added the High Commissioner.
Also celebrating the achievement of our young people at the Maoriland Film Festival was our very own award-winning poet and writer for theatre, radio and television, Miria George. E ra ngakau parau teia no tatou e te Kuki Airani.