Kanaka Maoli Honored In New Zealand


Press Release: Nuhaka, Wairoa District, Aotearoa New Zealand, Tuesday
June 8th 2010

THE WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL honoured the native people of Hawai'i
yesterday with the awarding of a new award category at the event. The
MANA WAIROA AWARD is a new category that recognises films that
contribute to the advancement of the human rights of indigenous
peoples all around the world. The Award is to tautoko (support) and
motivate the recipient community in its efforts to advance their goals
of realising the potentialities inherent in their values and belief
systems that spring from their unique whenua (land), moana (sea) and
ranginui (sky) context on Planet Earth.

The inaugural MANA WAIROA AWARD was presented to HAWAII A VOICE FOR
SOVEREIGNTY by Catherine Bauknight and the Native Hawaiian people. The
Award was presented over LIVE SKYPE VIDEO from the newly anointed
DIGITAL MARAE at Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka.

Festival Director Leo Koziol (who is of Rakaipaaka tribal descent) and
Festival Chairperson Huia Koziol (who is a Trustee of the marae) spoke
by video with Director Catherine Bauknight, and also via live phone
connection with representatives from the Hawaiian indigenous movement
who are profiled in the film. Also present at this special event --
and participating in the SKYPE VIDEO -- were kaumatua and Trustees of
the marae, guest Maori film makers present at the festival, and
members of the general public who had just had the privilege of
watching the New Zealand premiere of the film.

One of the goals of "Hawaii A Voice For Sovereignty" by filmmaker
Catherine Bauknight and the Native Hawaiian people, is to enlighten
the world of the truth of Hawai'i Nei. It was one year ago June 4th,
that the film was released at a private screening at the Capitol
Building in Washington, DC. On June 21st 2009 it had its public
premiere at the Maui Film Festival, and was awarded the Audience
Award, Best Hawai'i Film. "Hawaii A Voice For Sovereignty" has also
screened at venues in Hawaii, NY City, Canada, Los Angeles, and Santa
Cruz, CA. These screenings have contributed to achieving the
important goal of enlightening the world about the truth of Hawai'i

The links below and the stories that follow contain some of the
significant developments since the release of the film.

Trailer of Film/Pasadena Cultural Event/Panel Discussion

KPFK radio interview

Spokesperson Kiowa Gordon

Hawaii Public Radio

LA Talk Radio

The MANA WAIROA AWARD was launched at the fifth annual Wairoa Maori
Film Festival (website address is www.manawairoa.com) just prior to
the Poroporoaki after which film makers from across the country
returned home. It is hoped to hold screenings of HAWAII A VOICE FOR
SOVEREIGNTY at other locations around the country, including Murupara,
Auckland, Levin, Masterton and Wellington.

Authorised by: Te Roopu Whakaata Maori I Te Wairoa Inc.

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