Astro Kid gets a Maori makeover

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Maoriland movies

Gideon Porter

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The popular French animated feature Astro Kid is the latest film to be translated into te reo – and is part of a growing trend to entertain and support Maori audiences.

The popular French animated feature Astro Kid is the latest film to be translated into te reo – and is part of a growing trend to entertain and support Maori audiences.

Disney movies like Moana and The Lion King have already gotten the treatment, and now audiences can see Tama Kaiātea.

According to producer Libby Hakaraia of Otaki’s Maoriland Trust, this is often the most cost-effective way to deliver high-quality programming to Maori audiences.

“You know we’re going to be able to see more and more of our favorite epic feature films, take the waituhi that exists there, turned back into our Maori because we need to see more of it and hear more of the language used in this way,” she said.

Tama Kaiātea was produced at the He Paki Taketake studio, which is staffed by rangatahi who were trained by the Maoriland Charitable Trust as part of its rangatahi development strategy.


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