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Paora Joseph

Director, Producer [Ātihau-a-Pāpārangi, Ngā Rauru]

Youth worker turned psychologist Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph became a director after encouragement from legendary screen all-rounder Don Selwyn. Award-winning marijuana documentary Hiding Behind the Green Screen (2010) was followed by Tātarikihi - The Children of Parihaka in 2012. Feature doco Te Awa Tupua - Voices from the River debuted at the NZ International Film Festival in 2014. It explores connections between Whanganui river and local iwi. Docudrama Maui's Hook played at the festival in 2018. In 2021 Joseph was deregistered for two years, for "immoral and unethical conduct and a serious neglect of professional duty".

...a gentle, lyrical and compassionate film with a spine like a taiaha. Stuff reviewer Graeme Tuckett on Tātarikihi - The Children of Parihaka, 12 July 2018