Te Wao Nui

A devastating disease threatens to destroy Aotearoa’s last remaining Kauri trees. Standing in the way of losing these prehistoric giants forever is a Māori healer, Tohe Ashby. Discover the roots of Indigenous medicine in a final bid to save the last of these great trees.
Director: Ngariki Ngatae – Ngati Uri/Ngati Arera/Ngati Rupe/Ngati ‘Akatauira
Producer: Karen Sidney (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki/Rongowhakaata/Ngati Rongomaiwahine)
New Zealand | 2020 | 11 min
Māori | Short Documentary | World Premiere
Ngāriki is Māori ki Moananui-O-Kiva (Pacific Ocean) with connections to Ngāti Uri, Ngāti Ārera (Rarotonga), Ngāti Rupe (Aitutaki) and Ngāti ‘Akatauira (Mitiaro). An emerging writer-director and indigenous storyteller currently based in Aotearoa-New Zealand, Ngāriki has broad experience across the arts, activism, and film. Through Indigenous filmmaking, Ngāriki seeks to free the indigenous voice to be heard authentically. She draws upon her Polynesian Māori and mixed whakapapa and is heavily influenced by the narratives, ceremonies, healing, rituals and connections to spirit that are born from her indigenous roots.
Ngāriki has voyaged at sea for six months on a traditional Polynesian double-hulled canoe and her research interests are in exploring the intersections of indigenous storytelling, indigenous sovereignty and community transformation. She draws upon her Polynesian Māori and mixed whakapapa and is heavily influenced by the narratives, ceremonies, healing, rituals and connections to spirit that are born from her indigenous roots.

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