Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


"Don't cry for me, Waititi" says Pita Sharples


Dr Pita Sharples,
Arts, Culture and Heritage Spokesperson for the Maori Party

"Te Whanau-a-Apanui are doing 'ok'" says Pita Sharples.

Thursday 25 January 2007

The talents of Te Whanau-a-Apanui are taking over the world" said Dr Pita Sharples today, referring to the whirlwind success of Taika Waititi, writer, actor and film director.

Waititi has today been named as one of ten new international talents to watch in influential USA entertainment magazine, Variety. This follows hot on the heels of Waititi's premiere performance at the Sundance Film Festival, for his comedy feature, 'Eagle vs Shark'.

"It hasn't escaped my notice that one of the two producers for Eagle vs Shark, Ainsley Gardiner, also holds Whanau-a-Apanui whakapapa" said Dr Sharples.

"My colleague, Te Ururoa Flavell, was also quick to remind me that the other producer of Eagle vs Shark, Cliff Curtis, is of Ngati Pikiao of Te Arawa descent".

"I've had Whanau-a-Apanui in my mind of course as we approach the 2007 Matatini, national kapa haka competitions" said Pita Sharples, long-standing performer, composer, choreographer and leader of Te Roopu Manutaki Maori cultural group.

Dr Sharples will be again taking to the stage in the Matatini Festival next month, as he has for well over thirty years before.

"I'm sure there'll be a bit of the old 'Eagle vs Shark' edge added to Matatini between many of the roopu on the stage" laughed Dr Sharples.

"All joking aside, it's incredible news for Maori film-making, that Taika Waititi is yet again, being recognised on the global stage".

"Last year he was nominated for an Oscar for his brilliant short film, 'Two Cars, One night' said Dr Sharples.

"He then went on with Tama Tu to win the * Short Film Competition in the Stockholm International Film Festival; * the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival; * the Coopers Award for the Best Film (Flickerfest 2006); * the Jury Award for the Aspen Shortsfest 2005, and * a Special Jury Prize honourable mention both in the Panorama Berlin International film Festival 2005 and the 2005 Sundance Film Festival" said Dr Sharples.

"This is a young Maori man going places" said Dr Sharples "and I don't just mean beyond the boundaries of Raukokore. He is also a talented painter, photographer and a comedian of great repute".

"It is of course an amazing honour for Te Whanau a Apanui and the East Coast - but the phenomenal success of Waititi is a success that all tangata whenua - and indeed all New Zealanders - can be proud of, in taking our talents to the world".

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Extended Cease Fire: Gaza Celebrates!!!!

Images and video from Gaza.Scoop - Julie Webb Pullman in Gaza.

Gazans took to the streets tonight to celebrate their victory in achieving the end of hostilities and the lifting of the illegal seven-year siege. Whatever tomorrow may bring, tonight was a time to rejoice! More>>

Details:

 

Parliament Today:

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

ALSO:

Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

ALSO:

From The Scoop Video Archive: PM Says SIS "Told Me" About OIA Release

In a press conference immediately following an controversial OIA release of notes on an SIS briefing to then Labour leader Phil Goff, Key said "at that point [Tucker] told me he'd release it ...". Since the release of Nicky Hager's 'Dirty Politics' Key has denied being personally informed and said references by officials to 'the PM' being told briefed referred to his office. He now says the same about his own statement. More>>

ALSO:

  • Scoop Video in the news - New questions over Key claims | NZ Herald News - Stuff.co.nz
  • Earlier - Felix Marwick: Laying out facts over SIS documents - Newstalk ZB
  • Labour - Director’s letter contradicts Key’s claims
  • ACT - The Letter - 26 days to go
  • TV3 Video - Housing issue nudges Dirty Politics aside - David Cunliffe: Key's SIS explanation 'defies belief' - SIS leak came from Key's Office - Goff - Key 'categorically denies' Slater OIA discussion - Video: Key faces more Dirty Politics questions

  • TVNZ - Winston Peters: ‘Dirty Politics' is a new low
  • The Nation - Debate Between Grant Robertson And Russel Norman
  • NZ First - “The Words Mean What I Say They Mean”
  • Schools, PPTA Sign Up: Primary Teachers And Principals Vote Down Govt Plan

    Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On The Usual Round Of Mud Slinging And Name-Calling

    This week gave an interesting example of how hard it is to untangle the reality from the slanging matches. The issue that emerged early this week could hardly be more important. Does the government intend to cut spending in health, education and on the environment if re-elected, or not? More>>

    Earlier:

    Electionresults.co.nz: National and NZ First Rise in Roy Morgan Poll

    National has bounced back in the latest Roy Morgan Poll but the big winner has been New Zealand First who rise to their highest level of support since September 2013. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news