Otaki’s Philly Mete-Kingi, was the winner of a golden Taniwha, one of the top awards at the recent E Tu Whanau Rangatahi film making awards for her documentary Puke Ora, Living Hills.
“I like making films, it’s fun,” she said. “Whaia Libby (Hakaraia) gave me the topic for the documentary. I did quite a lot of filming and interviewed a few people, took a few different film clips and music to put with it. Mum did help me edit it.
Using the topic Leave Big Footprints for Your Children to Follow, Philly shot her film based on the task of saving the sand dunes at the north end of Otaki Beach, where the erosion has been bad.“The sand dunes are disappearing, the plants are dying,” she said. “If we put plants back they help the regeneration of the beach. Some plants hold the sand.”
Philly interviewed some of the members of the Waitohu Stream Care Group and filmed the conservation work they have been doing around the Waitohu Stream and sand dunes for many years.
“I wasn’t sure of the story at first — about what was happening, but the magic of editing it brought out the message.”
“Dad’s an actor and artist. He would do pantomimes in Wellington and around the country. He told us all the stuff that happens behind the scenes and all that!”
Fourteen year old Philly helped with costumes for her friend Oriwa Hakaraia’s award winning film, Te Moe Moea — The Dream, a horror story with witches falling out of trees!
With her successes so far — Philly won the Best Director award, a golden Taniwha at the 2014 film awards for her Mums Are Treasures short film.