Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Bad News Turned Into Good Doco Career


Bad News Turned Into Good Doco Career

By Jacqui Stanford, an Auckland University of Technology student journalist covering the Pacific Islands Media Association (PIMA) conference

Writer and filmmaker Makareta Urale turned to making documentaries after becoming disillusioned with journalism.

"I realised that good news is bad news in the media today," she told this year¹s Pacific Islands Media Association (PIMA) conference that has just ended at Auckland University of Technology.

She came to this conclusion after her first graduate job at Radio New Zealand, where she says she was encouraged to cover heartbreaking events such as a baby being stabbed to death.

"I got quite disillusioned as a journalist there," she said.

Her documentary, Savage Symbols, was shown at Auckland¹s International Film Festival last year.

It is about the art of traditional Samoan tattooing, called pe¹a, and is based on interviews with nine men who have these tattoos.

Urale made the piece without any film training, after receiving a $30,000 grant from Creative New Zealand.

A book that she borrowed from a library written by a BBC World director on how to make documentaries was her sole guide.

"I really just looked at the pictures ­ it was a pretty thick book," she said.

Urale hired only two others and created Savage Symbols with limited resources.

"It was many months of hard work," she said. "It was such a low budget thing. You can hear the wind in some of the interviews because we didn¹t even have a sock for the mike."

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

Born in Savai¹i, Samoa, Urale migrated to New Zealand with her family when she was nine and a half.

"I was probably the most politically minded in my family," she said. "I¹m a bit more bolshy. I¹ll throw my weight around a bit more."

When she was a student at Wellington East Girl¹s College, Urale led a protest against a beauty contest her sister had entered.

She and a group of friends threw eggs and tomatoes in protest - but her sister won the competition.

Her current project is a one-hour documentary on the Auckland hip-hop group Nesian Mystik, which will screen on TV2 when completed.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Perils Of Joining AUKUS Pillar Two


The lure for New Zealand to join the AUKUS military alliance is that membership of only its “second pillar” will still (supposedly) give us access to state of the art military technologies. As top US official Kurt Campbell said during his visit to Wellington a year ago:
...We've been gratified by how many countries want to join with us to work with cutting-edge technologies like in the cyber arena, hypersonics, you can go down a long list and it's great to hear that New Zealand is interested...
More


 
 

Government: Backs Police To Crackdown On Gangs
The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell. “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase... More


Government: Retiring Chief Of Navy Thanked For His Service

Defence Minister Judith Collins has thanked the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, for his service as he retires from the Royal New Zealand Navy after 37 years. Rear Admiral Proctor will retire on 16 May to take up an employment opportunity in Australia... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.