For this 2017 feature film, eight Māori women each direct a 10 minute segment of events circling around the tangi of a child (Waru). Each director had a day and a single shot to capture their take on the context behind a tragedy. After its debut at the 2017 NZ International Film Festival, Waru won a rush of social media attention, and screened at the Toronto and imagineNATIVE festivals. The Hollywood Reporter praised it for bringing "a sense of dramatic, urgent realism to a story that plays out like a suspenseful mystery". Waru is produced by Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton.
In New Zealand we're told it's a Māori problem, and when a child is killed the mother is always vilified. We felt it was time to hear from Māori women about this issue.– Producer Kerry Warkia on Waru, in an interview with Variety, 8 September 2017
Released in New Zealand cinemas on 19 October 2017
World premiere on 2 August 2017 at Auckland's ASB Waterfront Theatre, as part of the 2017 NZ International Film Festival