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2009 Festival Theme

The theme for this years Nati Award competition is:Nga Pakiwaitara o Ngati Porou


Ngati Porou is reknown for our extraordinary and entertaining storytelling abilities. This year’s Festival kaupapa encourages students  to transform our pakiwaitara (fictitious stories, fables and fairytales) into creative digital mediums ie. animations, wikis, music videos etc.

The purpose of pakiwaitara isintended to teach a lesson or a moral.There is always a message or point to the stories whichreflect our Nati World View - our Ngati Porou cultural/spiritual beliefs & values.

So be inspired by our rich storytelling  history andretell, reinterpret or reimagineone of our many  pakiwaitara  21st century style!

Some Ideas to get you started:


-    research pakiwaitara  from your hapu and create a documentary or short film

-    make up your own Ngati Porou pakiwaitara and tell the story in a 3D animation

DEADLINE FOR NATI AWARD ENTRIES IS 4pm FRIDAY 31st of JULY 2009