'Symbolized in the bird’s flight, a group of Māori, Pākehā and Colombian creatives explore life’s journey, the longing to return to the nest, and the life-giving connection with our ancestors.'

Noho Mai is the result of an online writing and film workshop run by Charles Olsen and Peta-Maria Tunui during the Covid-19 confinement in Spain and Aotearoa, New Zealand, March - July 2020. The workshop was guided by tikanga Māori (Māori customs). Through a collective process participants shared kupu (words) they associated with childhood. After writing poems inspired by these kupu they created their own short poetry films before working together on a collaborative poetry film based on Peta-Maria's poem 'Noho Mai'. They each directed, filmed and edited different stanzas of the poem following a group brainstorming, and these were edited together into the final piece by Charles Olsen along with aerial footage from Ash Robinson and taonga puoro (traditional instruments) from Salvador Brown. To acknowledge everyone's contribution all the workshop participants are presented as Ngā Kaitohu (Directors).

'Mō koutou e noho tāwhiti ana i te kainga, mō koutou anō te ahi kā.'
(For you who live far from home and for you who keep the home fires burning.)

Noho Mai

A collaborative te reo Māori poetry film

Peta-Maria Tunui
Peta-Maria Tunui, Waitahi Aniwaniwa McGee, Shania Bailey-Edmonds, Jesse-Ana Harris, Lilián Pallares, Charles Olsen
Waitahi Aniwaniwa McGee, Ikey Ihaka Tunui, Charles Olsen
Aerial Camera
Ash Robinson
Taonga Puoro
Salvador Brown
Principal Editor
Charles Olsen

Wairoa Māori Film Festival, Aotearoa New Zealand
ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, Berlin
8th Ó Bhéal International Poetry Film Competition, Cork, Winner Best Poetry Film
Cinemística, Granada
Māoriland Film Festival, Aotearoa New Zealand
9th International Video Poetry Festival, Atenas
Capítulo Uno, Festival internacional de la literatura 2021, Madrid

Love in the Time of Covid (Ed. Witi Ihimaera & Michelle Elvy)