Anzac Short films feature on Maori TV

Short film makers from the Hokianga, Auckland, Gisborne, Wanganui and Otago are the inaugural winners of Maori Television’s ANZAC short film competition screening as part of the all-day broadcast, A TATOU TAONGA: ANZAC DAY 2008, this Friday April 25 at 9.00 PM.

The winners will have a unique opportunity to talk live on air about their successful entry during the ANZAC SHORT FILM FESTIVAL – a new segment of the broadcast hosted by acclaimed filmmakers Ainsley Gardiner and Tearepa Kahi and showcasing some stellar Kiwi-made short films with an ANZAC theme.

The competition – in part sponsored by Te Puni Kokiri – encouraged all New Zealanders, at home or abroad, to re-tell their own ANZAC stories on film.

Successful individuals or teams in three categories are being brought to Maori Television’s Auckland studio to receive their awards and prize packs – which include professional camera kits, literature and movie tickets – and to be interviewed about their winning work before its first official screening.

The winners are:

TAMARIKI OR CHILDREN (up to and including Year 8): Winner – Rawene Primary (South Hokianga) with Te Ra o ANZAC; runner-up – Redoubt North Primary (Manukau) with To My Dear Mother; and special mention – Green Bay Primary School (Auckland) for The Working War.

RANGATAHI OR YOUTH (Year 9-13): Joint winners – Otago Girls’ High School with Women’s War and Mentoring Maori Youth Through Film (Gisborne) with Tumatauenga: Te Hokinga Mai; and special mention – Corier ‘Ginge’ Mardell, Ben MacKay and Corben Taylor (Auckland) with No Man’s Land.

ALL AGES (18 and over): Winner – David Gunson and Richard Harling (Auckland) with Boots; runner-up – Justin Gush (Wanganui) with Maori Vietnam Veterans; and special mention – Michael Bajko (Auckland) with Hentryk Bajko DCM.

The ANZAC SHORT FILM FESTIVAL concludes with an exclusive broadcast of World War I short film Crossing The Line by Peter Jackson.

Viewers can e-mail their feedback to during the 18-hour broadcast A TATOU TAONGA: ANZAC DAY 2008 this Friday April 25 or watch the coverage live on the website Text ANZAC to 3553 (text messages cost 20c each) to book your 5.45 AM wake-up text on ANZAC Day.

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