Julian Arahanga and Ladi6
Born and raised in Raetihi at the base of his ancestral mountain Ruapehu, Julian Arahanga has been involved with film from an early age, working as a grip, camera assistant and lighting technician, and landing roles in Once Were Warriors and The Matrix. His production company, Awa Films, has produced docu-drama and TV series for Māori Television and created the highly acclaimed reality show Songs from the Inside.
Ladi6 is an award-winning and critically acclaimed musician. In 2011, she won two NZ Music Awards (Best Urban Album and Best Female Artist) and two Pacific Music Awards (Best Pacific Urban Album and Best Female Artist). Her sophomore album, ‘The Liberation Of…’, was certified Gold in New Zealand and won the prestigious Taite Music Prize; its Platinum-selling, Top 10 single ‘Like Water’ was voted by MTV Iggy as the Best Love Song of 2012.