It is the first day of school for a young Maori girl. It is also her first day without her parents and her first day in a strange culture – a culture she does not understand much and one that does not understand her.

  • New Zealand
  • 2006, 11 min
  • Director: Mike Jonathan
  • Director of photography: Matt Meikle
  • Editor: Michael Jonathan
  • Screenplay: Tere Harrison
  • Music: Rio Hemopo, Dave Whitehead
  • Cast: Orewa Wilson Lawrence
  • Contacts: New Zealand Film Commission
  • Producer: Libby Hakaraia
  • Production: Chain of Title Films Ltd

Mike Jonathan

Mike Jonathan (b. 1972, New Zealand) studied TV production at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga. He works as TV producer, editor and director in the full spectrum of TV genres. Hawaikii (2006) is his first short film.