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Merata Mita

Director, Writer, Producer [Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāi Te Rangi]

 Merata Mita

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Merata Mita

A passionate advocate for Māori creative control, late director Merata Mita (1942 - 2010) documented some of the most controversial events of Aotearoa’s last fifty years. Mita’s work includes Patu!, a documentary on the 1981 Springbok tour. Her 1988 drama Mauri remains only the second fiction feature directed by a Māori woman. 

Swimming against the tide becomes an exhilarating experience. It makes you strong. I am completely without fear now. 
 
 

Screenography

Screenography
 Role/s
 Utu Redux

Utu Redux

Actor
Cultural Adviser

2013

 Saving Grace - Te Whakarauora Tangata

Saving Grace - Te Whakarauora Tangata

Director

2011

 50 Years of New Zealand Television - Episode One

50 Years of New Zealand Television - Episode One

Subject

2010

 Boy

Boy

Co-Producer

2010

 Kete Aronui - Merata Mita

Kete Aronui - Merata Mita

Subject

2007

 Spooked

Spooked

2nd Unit Director
Producer

2004

 The Land Has Eyes

The Land Has Eyes

Executive Producer

2004

 Hotere

Hotere

Producer
Writer
Director

2001

 Rangatira: Merata Mita - Making Waves

Rangatira: Merata Mita - Making Waves

Subject

1998

 Witi Ihimaera

Witi Ihimaera

Interviewer
Consultant Producer

1997

 The Dread

The Dread

Director
Writer

1996

 The Shooting of Dominick Kaiwhata

The Shooting of Dominick Kaiwhata

Director

1993

 Mana Waka

Mana Waka

Director
Writer

1990

 Mauri

Mauri

Writer
Producer
Director

1988

 Kaleidoscope - NZ Cinema, The Past Decade

Kaleidoscope - NZ Cinema, The Past Decade

Subject

1987

 Koha - Nga Pikitia Māori

Koha - Nga Pikitia Māori

Subject

1987

 Patu!

Patu!

Director
Producer

1983

 Utu

Utu

Actor
Cultural Advisor

1983

 Lookout - Auckland Faa Samoa

Lookout - Auckland Faa Samoa

Researcher

1982

 Loose Enz - The Protesters

Loose Enz - The Protesters

Actor

1982

 Making Utu

Making Utu

Subject

1982

 New Streets - South Auckland, Two Cities

New Streets - South Auckland, Two Cities

Research

1982

 One of those Blighters

One of those Blighters

Actor

1982

 The Bridge - A Story of Men in Dispute

The Bridge - A Story of Men in Dispute

Co-Director
Co-Producer

1982

 Bastion Point: Day 507

Bastion Point: Day 507

Co-Director
Co-Producer

1980

 Koha

Koha

Presenter

1980 - 1985

 Karanga Hokianga Ki O Tamariki

Karanga Hokianga Ki O Tamariki

Co-Producer
Co-Director

1979

 The Hammer and the Anvil

The Hammer and the Anvil

Actor
Co-Director

1979


The titles listed here may not reflect this person's full screenography. These are only the titles that are included in or referenced by this site.

Awards

2010 National Geographic All Roads Festival
Merata Mita Award: an annual award for recognising a "Legacy of Outstanding Storytelling", established in Mita's honour. 

2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Nominated for Best Children's Feature Film (with Ainsley Gardiner, Cliff Curtis and Emanuel Michael): for Boy

2009 Creative New Zealand Te Waka Toi Awards (Māori Arts Awards)
Te Tohu Toi Ke Award (making a difference award): For her outstanding contribution to Māori film and documentary making

2000 Taos Talking Pictures Film Festival (United States)
Taos Mountain Award

1999 Hawaii Music Awards
Music Video of the Year: Waka (Che Fu)