Paora Joseph

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

Encouraged to make films by legendary all-rounder Don Selwyn, youth worker turned psychologist Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph became a director. After making award-winning marijuana documentary Hiding Behind the Green Screen in 2010, he followed it with Tātarikihi - The Children of Parihaka, which documents Parihaka through children's eyes. The feature-length Te Awa Tupua - Voices from the River debuted at the 2014 NZ International Film Festival. It explores connections between Whanganui river and local iwi. His suicide docudrama Maui's Hook was invited to the festival in 2018.

...Don Selwyn and Gaylene Preston are like the toto weka — a rare type of blood greenstone that if you are really lucky as a storyteller you may bump into and when you do, hope that some of their commitment and sensibility rubs off. Paora Joseph on two key mentors, on the Tātarikihi - The Children of Parihaka website