Himiona Grace – He Tangata Whakaihuwaka

Nau mai whakatau mai ki tēnei whārangi kōrerorero. Ko te kaupapa o tēnei whārangi hei whakatairanga i ngā mahi miharo o ngā tāngata whakaihuwaka o te iwi Māori. Ka puta mai ēnei kōrerorero i a rua wiki.
Welcome to this blog spot. The plan is to each fortnight highlight Māori who have excelled in their achievements.

As I was thinking of who to highlight this week it got me thinking about things Māori and Hui-tanguru (February) and the first thing that leapt to mind was of course, Te Rā o Waitangi (Waitangi Day). Then ka toko ake te whakaaro (the idea came to me) to feature one of the two Māori filmmakers who have chosen Waitangi Day over the last two years as the release day for their films. I guess that the reason they have chosen the 6th February is partly because it’s Te Rā o Waitangi but also because it happens to be Bob Marley’s birthday. Bob Marley and reggae music are popular with many Māori and reggae music features in both these movies that have been released on consecutive Rā o Waitangi.

Last year it was the movie Mt. Zion.
This is a movie blending Māori stories and culture with the story of a band competing to be the opening act for a Bob Marley concert and starring Stan Walker.

This year it was the the movie Pā Boys and tells the story of a reggae band on a road trip north and features music by Trinity Roots’ Warren Maxwell.

So all this preamble has finally brought us to this weeks tangata whakaihuwaka who is Himiona Grace the writer and director of Pā Boys. Grace is a filmmaker, photographer, musician and writer from Aotearoa with links to Ngati Toa and Ngati Raukawa. His family marae is the beautiful Hongoeka Marae in Plimmerton. Grace comes from a very talented whānau and could be said to have writing in his blood as his mother is writer Patricia Grace. He has 4 children with his partner Briar Grace-Smith who is an award-winning writer of plays, television scripts and short stories. So much talent in one whānau!

Grace learnt about filmmaking at Wellington’s Pacific Films and has also worked as the poutakawaenga (Māori liaison officer) at the Film Archive. He has worked on a number of films as a stills photographer and as a musician he composed music for a number of shorts and television programmes. Himiona wrote and directed Pā Boy’s and it is his first feature length movie. So for your viewing and listening pleasure here is the song ‘Inspiration’ from the official soundtrack Music from the Pā Boys which made its debut at Number 1 on the iTunes Soundtrack chart and Number 8 in the Top 40 Album chart on the day after the movie was released.

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