Pania Tepaiho Marsh once thought she was "destined to be nothing". The mother of two relied on the state and her partner, but turned her life around with the help of hunting. Tepaiho Marsh now empowers other women by teaching them how to hunt so they can put food on the table. The free Wahine Toa Hunting trips in the Manawatū are so popular, over 3000 are on a waiting list. Director Emma Calveley was eight months pregnant when she filmed one of these hunting trips. The short documentary, which mixes animation and video footage, captures one woman stalking a goat.
I want to break that dependency. When families fall apart, the kids so often end up with the women. We need to make sure those women – especially in an economic crisis like Covid – are fine, that they can still feed their kids.– Pania Tepaiho Marsh on why she teaches women how to hunt, The Guardian, 3 October 2020