NZIFF 2022 celebrated its Opening Night Gala in Auckland on Thursday 28th July at Tāmaki Makaurau's iconic The Civic. We rolled out the red carpet for the World Premiere of Tearepa Kahi's Muru.
Following a powhiri, there were speeches from the Muru crew and speeches from NZIFF's Catherine Fitzgerald (Chair), Sally Woodfield (General Manager), and Michael McDonnell (Head of Programming).
Muru is a clear reminder: there will always be taniwha. Some will have eight legs and two heads. Others will be harder to spot. But there will always be those who are ready to fight the taniwha to create greater understanding for the future of Aotearoa. — Dione Joseph.
Photography by Veronica McLaughlin.