Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou
Maegan is 1 of 2 interns placed at This Too Shall Pass Productions in Auckland with Chelsea Winstanley.
“I have worked for six years in the film industry after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Film and Television in 2016. During my time at uni, I held key production roles in graduation short films Waiting and I Have Curls which have respectively screened locally and internationally – notably at Toronto International Film Festival, Whānau Marama – New Zealand International Film Festival and Wairoa Māori Film Festival.
For the last three years, I worked at Script to Screen – a charitable trust that helps filmmakers across Aotearoa hone their skills to tell exceptional stories that reflect who we are. In my role as Programme and Communications Coordinator, I facilitated all areas of their extensive programme (which includes mentorship, script development workshops and conferences); and managed their communications and social media. It was here that I discovered a passion for storytelling and uplifting indigenous voices. Now, I am most interested in supporting and working with indigenous filmmakers whose work inspires and provokes social change, particularly among rangatahi māori and wāhine māori.
This Too Shall Pass’ focus on telling authentic stories with unique cultural perspectives fits the path that I’m on right now and I feel very fortunate to be working on important kaupapa that help to uplift and empower indigenous around the world.”