Toi Whakaata: what a picture

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Toi Whakaata is not only a course, it offers great opportunities for work in the television and video production industry, says tutor Tania Bristow. An ETSA funded programme, Toi Whakaata is offered by Whitireia at the Kāpiti campus and provides valuable work exposure within the field of TV and video production for young Māori and Pacific Islands people.  

Using her own first hand knowledge of his specialised and competitive industry, Tania encourages the students to learn about the work and about themselves. She sees herself as a mediator between the students and the people who work in the industry.

Toi Whakaata students 1996

Toi Whakaata students: Paeriki, Frank, Michael, Kerry, Racheal and Matathew

Assignments completed during the course are based on units of learning on the NZQA framework. The major assignment must demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the industry.  The modules covered during the full-time, year-long course include script writing, camera and lighting, sound, production management and editing.

Tania says that the te reo and tikanga Māori components distinguish the Kāpiti programme from other courses.