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Moana - Reo Māori

The reo version of Disney's popular animated film Moana was screened to cinema audiences throughout the country during Te Wiki o te reo Māori in September this year. 

The adaptation of the hugely successful original movie, which was released late last year, was undertaken with the help of Matewa Media in association with Disney.  Established in 2017 by founders Taika Waititi, Tweedie Waititi, and Chelsea Winstanley, Matewa Media Trust is a non-profit organisation whose goal is to contribute to te reo Māori, the culture and indigenous stories.

Te Māngai Pāho contributed funding of $80,000 to Matewa Media Charitable Trust for the translation and reo-versioning (100% Te Reo Maori) of the hit movie, which included actors Rachel House ("Gramma Tala"), Temuera Morrison ("Chief Tui"), Jermaine Clement ("Tamatoa") and Oscar Kightley ("Fisherman") reprising their roles and joined by upcoming new Waikato talent Jaedyn Randell ("Moana"), seasoned Māori Media personality Piripi Taylor ("Māui") and Amanda Ashton ("Sina").

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