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Ko Te Kawa Nui Ia He Manaaki i Te Tangata

Māoriland is committed to creating a safe environment for all our kaimahi and visitors. 

The values and functions of Māoriland are derived from cornerstone principles of celebration, unity, being alert, and respecting the mana of every person and taonga in our whare. 

We ask that manuwhiri and visitors alike respect the mana of all those you encounter.  

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So that we can safely welcome you into all MFF venues, we ask the following; 

Please wear a mask at screenings.

If you have any symptoms of cold/flu or COVID-19 or have been asked to self-isolate please stay home. 

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) will be freely available at all venues.

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Kaitūao and Kaihāpai – Our support team

At Māoriland we extend manaakitanga to our audiences, artists and filmmakers.  We aim to do our very best to ensure you have a good stay with us here in Ōtaki.

Those who volunteer their time to help make the MFF run smoothly are the KAITŪAO who wear red t-shirts and big smiles.  Their efforts to run the venues and ticket sales are as valuable as what they do to look after our guests. 

Our KAIHĀPAI also wear red t-shirts. They are rangatahi from the schools in our community. They are responsible for looking after audiences in all our venues. 

We respect our Kaitūao and our Kaihāpai. They represent our community with pride and work for your benefit. Feel free to ask them anything about Ōtaki or Māoriland. 

Tēnā hoki koutou rangatahi mā, kua riro koutou hei taituarā mō te kaupapa. E mihi ana. 


Hauora, the well-being of our audiences and artists is important at Māoriland. We understand that films can affect people in different ways. Having a kōrero after a film is great therapy. If you do need more support let the kaimahi at the Māoirland Hub know and they will do what they can to help.

Rongoā Māori

Te Waka Rakau is a rongoā clinic and dispensary located within the Māoriland Hub. Joanne uses traditional plant remedies to bridge modern-day needs and imbalances.

Ngā Tikanga

We are committed to creating environments and presenting work that upholds the mana and inspiration of our storytellers – guided by our elders and taught by our children. We respect our audience – Māoriland is rooted in the traditions and language of the hapu and iwi of Ōtaki. It is our honour to extend manaakitanga to all who present their work and experience those presented within Māoriland.

Whether you’ve come to share your work, ask questions or to participate as an audience we welcome you to bring your creativity and spirit of collaboration.

At Māoriland, we are on our journey to Para Kore – Zero Waste. We are all kaitiaki for this land we live on – please be mindful of the waste that you create or bring with you to our festival.

Māoriland events and spaces are not a place for behaviour that is inappropriate, off-topic, disruptive, or abusive.

All attendees to Māoriland, including Kaumatua (elders) and Rangatahi (young people), programmed artists and industry, and members of the public have the right to be free of harassment, discrimination, sexism, and threatening or disrespectful behaviour – either in-person or online from others attending Māoriland events.

This could include but is not limited to: offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, physical acts, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, or religion;

    • deliberate intimidation;

    • harassing photography;

    • sustained disruption of talks or other events;

    • inappropriate physical contact.

We reserve the right to refuse entry or revoke accreditation to Māoriland events and venues without notice for those who engage in such conduct.

If you experience a violation of this Code of Conduct at a Māoriland event please contact a member of staff or email

All violations of the law should also be reported to local law enforcement. For emergencies, immediately dial 111.

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