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Ness Patea

Production Manager, Event Organiser, Director

Ness Patea has done almost everything in New Zealand's screen industry — from camera and editing, to producing and directing, and other roles inbetween. She is most prolific as a production manager, having lent her skills to various shows (Takes a Village), features (How to Meet Girls from a Distance), short films and commercials. Patea has a passion for documentary and Māori projects; her directorial work includes docos Tapu Te Ranga Marae and Aren't Can't Don't. Patea runs production company Useful Media alongside Ruth Korver  the pair are beloved by Kiwi filmmakers for managing the 48Hours filmmaking competition. 

...people have a lot of fun. We encourage that too: don't take it too seriously, get together with your friends and have a blast, have a good weekend. A lot of people have quite serious jobs, so it's a chance for them to clock out of that, and just have a good time with their friends — and be creative. Ness Patea on the 48Hours film contest, in an interview with Radio New Zealand, 12 November 2017