‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ Boost For Maoriland Film Hub In Ōtaki

The Māoriland Film Festival is getting a $900,000 grant to upgrade its  Māoriland Hub building in Ōtaki.

The Māoriland Charitable Trust has received the money from the Provincial Growth Fund to house the Centre for Māori and Indigenous Film.

Film festival saved

Meanwhile, the Maoriland Film Festival, cancelled earlier this year by Covid-19 is now going ahead this month from September 24 – 27 — under Covid restrictions.

Festival tickets went on sale this week at the Māoriland Hub at the Ōtaki theatre.

In preparation for a COVID-safe festival, the film organisers put in place measures to ensure the health and safety of all festival manuhiri and kaimahi.

There will be no door sales and limited seats! Tickets to the festival will be limited to only 100 seats in each screening.

This includes the first two days of free screenings but fans must pre-book by registration.

Tickets webnt on sale from September 14 at the Māoriland Hub and via ticket.co.nz

Theatre Gets $500,000

And the Kapiti Coast Council has been awarded $500,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund towards upgrading its Ōtaki Civic Theatre.

“The Ōtaki Civic Theatre is a much-loved community asset that hosts a range of events including the Māoriland Film Festival, musicals, concerts and school productions,” says the KCDC’s Darryn Grant.

He says as part of a review of the condition of Council’s property earlier this year, it found the Theatre needed repairs.

Darryn says: “Without this funding, we wouldn’t have been able to progress this work as quickly as we can now.”

The refurbishment works, which will begin in October and take six months to complete, include replacing the roof, upgraded toilets, partially rebuilding the stage, replacing damaged seating and flooring, and repairing the exterior of the building and gutters.

As a condition of the grant, the Council will provide an extra $351,000 to meet the total cost.

Shows will continue

Council will work closely with stakeholders to schedule the works in a way that allows planned shows and events to continue.

Ōtaki Ward Councillor James Cootes says the investment will create between 50 and 70 jobs over the next six months – a much-needed injection of work directly into the Ōtaki community, with opportunities for local workers.

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