Te Kaitiaki

Two men from different world views form an unlikely relationship to find a stronger sense of understanding. Huna is an arrogant and egocentric business man who finds himself in need of help when his car suddenly gets impounded. With the realisation that his wallet was inside his car, and with his mother refusing to send a driver to pick him up, he wanders through a seemingly deserted town in search of someone who can help him. He comes across the carefree, idealistic and earth-conscious Ben, who is in the midst of his daily routine and collecting his earnings at the local trash depot. In need of directions and money to catch the bus home, Huna asks Ben for some cash. An amused Ben agrees to give Huna the money, but in return he must earn it by filling a bag full of rubbish. Seeing no other option, Huna reluctantly agrees. The two men set off on a small journey where they discover more about each other than they bargained for. Created in 72 hours for the Native Slam III filmmaking challenge at the Maoriland Film Festival.


Australian Premiere
Director | Asia Youngman + Isaac Te Reina + Razelle Benally
Producer | Libby Hakaraia + Pauline Clague + Maoriland Film Festival
Country | New Zealand
Year | 2018
Category | Short Drama
Duration | 11 minutes
Language | English
Unclassified G

Te Kaitiaki

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A collection of international short films by Indigenous people curated to show strength in the face of adversity. Four of the films were created in 72 hours as part of the Native Slam III filmmaking challenge at the Maoriland Film Festival. Please be advised this collection of films includes Unclassified 18+   BUY TICKETS NOW […]

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