It was really wonderful for our short film The Silence: Puanga to be shown recently as part of the 3rd One Hour International Short Film Festival (OHISFF), curated by Sonja van Kerkoff.

Is was shown at the Papakura Art Gallery, 10 Averill Street, Papakura, Auckland | Tāmaki-makaurau, Aotearoa | New Zealand.

Here is the link to our work:


About the work
Voice: Maata Wharehoka
Video: Tracey M Benson

This dual language titled video, filmed in 2019 and 2021, during the lead up to the Parihaka Puanga Kai Rau festival, is part of an ongoing collaboration between Parihaka Kuia Maata Wharehoka and Australian based media artist, Tracey M Benson. It features a poem recited by Maata, written during their time together in 2019 and recorded in 2021. More about this project

Maata and Tracey first met in 2013 at Parihaka during the SCANZ 2013 arts residency organised by Intercreate and their relationship deepened during the 2015 SCANZ 2015 residency. Since then, Maata and Tracey have been in conversation and sharing linkages between creation stories across cultures. The three narrative threads in this video which connect to their respective ancestors as part of their collaboration are Te kete tuauri, te kete tuatea and te kete aronui, (The Three kete (baskets) of knowledge, connections to the Norse universe through stories related to the Nine worlds and Yggdrasil (the world tree), and the Nine elements of the Druids.

Next steps…

Maata and I are planning to work together this year in the lead up to Puanga – watch tis space ❤

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