Piki brings together a group of fantastic Māori & Pacific Island writers:
Oscar Nominated Taika Waititi regularly premieres at Sundance, Berlin and SXSW. He has forged a stellar career not only as a creative, but also as an entrepreneur. His latest film HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE released theatrically in the US and UK after smashing all box office records in NZ and Australia. (and beating his previous #1 record holding film BOY). Previous hit, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS was voted #1 comedy in 2015 on Rotten Tomatoes. Co-directed with Jemaine Clement, it follows a long working relationship which included writing and directing on FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS and EAGLE V SHARK. He is currently directing Marvel's THOR: RAGNAROK.
Oscar Kightley is a Samoan born writer/actor/director known for his award-winning film and TV work. His movie, SIONE’S WEDDING, broke domestic box office records on its release in 2006. The follow up sequel, SIONE’S WEDDING 2 released in 2012 enjoyed similar success.
Madeleine Sami created successful TV comedy SUPER CITY. She won Best Actress and the series Best Comedy Script in New Zealand for its first season. The characters have been piloted in America for ABC. She is also one of NZ’s top character actresses and has just directed the second season of FUNNY GIRLS.
Victor Rodger has worked across theatre, television and film in his career. He has written to Shortland Street for over 10 years, on TV3 comedy Super City and most recently contributing to NZFC film script, BORN TO DANCE. Hit comedy show BLACK FAGGOT, toured internationally to Australia and Edinburgh. Victor studied film writing at the Maurits Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam.
Jessica Hansell is a writer, musician and artist. With a long history in comics and zines, Hansell wrote two seasons of cartoon AROHA BRIDGE, a series about musical Māori twins in the suburbs which sold to Māori TV, SBS and Imaginative. Under the name Coco Solid she has toured internationally, charted on student radio and collaborated with artists and labels from all over the world. Hansell has an MA in creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters.