Kiwi Samoan Jeremiah Tauamiti started his career as a camera operator (Fresh), before going on to direct films of his own, including shorts Maria and Liliu. His 48 Hours Film Festival team Goodfellas are perennial award contenders. Tauamiti has also acted in short films, such as The Promise of Piha and My Friend Michael Jones. In 2019 he co-directed his first feature For My Father’s Kingdom with partner Vea Mafile'o. The documentary, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, is about Mafile'o's Tongan father, Saia. 

Family is everything in Pacific Island societies. Much like culture, it plays a big part in our way of life as Pacific people. As a director, I want to make films that emphasize these kind of themes because personal themes, like love, forgiveness, hate, they’re all universal themes, and whether they play out in big political arenas or at home, they all come down to a personal story. Jeremiah Tauamiti, We Are Moving Stories website, September 2017

For My Father's Kingdom

2019, Co-Director, Cinematographer - Film

Director Vea Mafile'o's Tongan father Saia drives this deeply personal film. Vea raises thorny questions about the relationship between money and the church in Tongan culture, questions that caused her Kiwi/Tongan family pain. Pensioner Saia Mafile'o's dedication to raising large amounts of money for Misinale (an annual church celebration) upset his children and splintered his marriage. Mafile'o returns to Tonga with her father and siblings, to attend the Misinale and learn why the financial sacrifice matters to him. The documentary debuted at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival.

My Friend Michael Jones

2018, As: Selena's father - Short Film

The Promise of Piha

2017, As: Pastor Elu - Short Film


2017, Director - Short Film


2017, Director - Short Film


2016, Co-Director , As: Fala - Short Film


2015, Co-Director, Cinematographer - Short Film

Dream Boa

2015, Actor - Film

Full Circle

2015, Writer, Actor - Short Film

Legend of Tokamotu of Tuapa

2014, Director, Camera - Short Film

How to... (

2013 - 2014, Director, Editor, Camera - Web

Broken Silence

2013, Writer, As: Jay - Short Film

Fresh - Jason Momoa and Wentworth (Series Three, Episode 16)

2013, Director, Camera - Television

This June 2013 edition of the TVNZ Pasifika youth show is presented by actor Robbie Magasiva from his base in Melbourne, where he has a role in Australian prison drama Wentworth. Elsewhere the Poly-plethora includes a visit by Pani (Goretti Chadwick) to Armageddon Expo in Hamilton to meet Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa. Pani makes the hard man with Hawaiian heritage blush, and gets the lowdown on his mako tatau. Niuean artist Kenneth Green also talks about his tattoo; Tiger and Raa visit the school principal; and reggae band Brownhill close with ‘First Love’. 

Daylight Robbery

2012, Writer, Actor - Short Film

Jono and Ben

2011-2014, As: Various - Television

In 2012 television pranksters and funny boys Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce remixed the best elements of their popular shows Pulp Sport and The Jono Project, to concoct Jono and Ben at Ten. Three's satirical news and entertainment series ran for seven seasons. Comedians Guy Williams, Rose Matafeo and Laura Daniel also featured. The series began life on a Friday night at 10pm, before moving to a Thursday 7:30pm slot in 2015 (when the title was shortened to Jono and Ben). Despite a fan petition to 'uncancel', the last episode aired on 15 November 2018.

Fresh - First Episode

2011, Director - Television

This first episode of the popular TVNZ Pasifika youth show is presented by brothers Nainz and Viiz Tupai (aka Adeaze), who are heading back to Samoa to play a post-Tsunami fundraising gig in the village of Lalomanu. Elsewhere, Vela Manusaute hosts Brown’n’around and is MC at Manukau PI festival Strictly Brown, before teaming up with Bella Kololo and Jermaine Leef to judge Fresh talent. Actor Jason Wu gets ready for the premiere of movie Matariki; the Samoan myth of Sina and the eel gets fresh retelling; and Bill Urale (aka King Kapisi) talks tatau.


2010, As: Father - Short Film


2009, Writer, As: Robbie - Short Film

Beyond the Darklands

2008, As: Joe Samoa - Television

In Search Of Bigfoot

2008, Writer, As: Seki (Bigfoot witness) - Short Film

All The Time

2006, As: Mark - Short Film

Shortland Street

2014, As: Tony Latu - Television

Shortland Street is a fast-paced serial drama set in an inner city Auckland hospital. The long-running South Pacific Pictures production is based around the births, deaths and marriages of the hospital's staff and patients. It screens on TVNZ’s TV2 network five days a week. In 2017 the show was set to celebrate its 25th anniversary, making it New Zealand’s longest running drama by far. Characters and lines from the show have entered the culture — starting with “you’re not in Guatemala now, Dr Ropata!” in the very first episode. Mihi Murray writes about Shortland Street here.