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19–30 JUNE 2019
  • Director

    Ainsley Gardiner, Awanui Simich-Pene, Briar Grace-Smith, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Casey Kaa, Paula Jones, Katie Wolfe

  • Starring

    Miriama McDowell, Tanea Heke, Kararaina Rangihau, Roimata Fox, Ngapaki Moetara, Acacia Hapi, Maria Walker

  • Certificate


  • Run Time

    88 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin

    New Zealand

  • Language

    English, Māori

  • Director of Photography: Drew Sturge

  • Editor: Rajneel Singh

  • Produced by: Kerry Warkia, Kiel McNaughton

  • Music: Lauren King

  • Screenplay by: Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Paula Jones, Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu

  • Production Designer: Riria Lee

  • Sound Production: Mark Messenger




Eight Māori women directors combine to present Waru, a film composed of eight unedited scenes (each around 10 minutes long) all set around the tangi – a traditional Māori funeral rite – for a boy named Waru (in Māori, waru means eight) who has died in terrible circumstances. Each story is told through a woman’s eyes, with the film showing multiple viewpoints. A powerful, beautiful, authentic, bold and often heart-wrenching film, hailed as one of the most important recent New Zealand films. 

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