Director - Piata Gardiner-Hoskins
Ngapuhi,Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui
Piata joined the Waka Huia team mid 2012 and has since dedicated herself to supporting the directors with their stories, pitches and archive research. She graduated from Film and Television school in 2008 and has since worked extensively in research and production for television. From 2010 to 2011 she worked tirelessly on capturing the kuia and kaumatua of Muriwhenua for the television series Kuaka Marangranga. After taking a break for a few months and working for childrens shows, Piata has returned to the kind of mahi she was always the most passionate about.
My passion for research started the day I interviewed my Nana Mihi. I was 11 years old, tape recorder in one hand a cup of tea in the other. We talked for hours about her life and growing up as a m ori girl. It was then that I learnt that she was strapped for speaking Te Reo Maori at school. Having been brought up speaking Te Reo in the home and at kura, the very idea of getting punished for that appalled me. Now I am proud to say that through my work with Waka Huia I can help to ensure that our stories continue to be told in the very language my Nana Mihi was once punished for speaking, preserving our reo and the knowledge of our tupuna .