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Sat, 27 May


Fale Eke - Pacific Hub

PISA Writers' Room - Christchurch

This event is for any Pacific Islands Writers at any stage of their career (from emerging to experienced) aimed to provide an opportunity to network, to work on your own projects and to find out more about the upcoming opportunities for Writers in Aotearoa.

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PISA Writers' Room - Christchurch
PISA Writers' Room - Christchurch

Time & Location

27 May 2023, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm NZST

Fale Eke - Pacific Hub, level 1/285 Cashel Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

About the Event

This months PISA Writers' Room will be held in Christchurch!

Facilitated by PISA Komiti Jeremiah Tauamiti who grew up in Ōtautahi (Christchurch). His feature film, For My Father's Kingdom (co-director / cinematographer), and short film Liliu had their world premieres at the 2019 Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival. Jeremiah’s intention with Liliu, and future projects, is to share real stories from his home islands of Sāmoa and Aotearoa (New Zealand). In 2020, Liliu was officially selected in competition for the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, USA and has won awards at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival Inc., Best Short Film at Down Under Berlin Film Festival, Hawai‘i International Film Festival, Best Narrative short film at FIFO Tahiti, and a nomination for Best Actor for star Ana Tuisila at the 2019 New Zealand International Film Festival. Jeremiah has written, directed and camera operated for television shows, Tagata Pasifika, Target, Kowhao Rau, Fresh, and Pacific one-stop-shop website, The Coconet TV. Jeremiah directed short film, MARIA which screened at international film festivals and won the inaugural PBS online film festival audience favourite award from over one million voters around the world. Jeremiah is one of the ‘Goodfellas’, a veteran team of Pacific filmmakers in the V 48 Hour Film Festival. Goodfellas were chosen a record six times by Sir Peter Jackson for the national ‘Wild Card’ finalists. Jeremiah was nominated for the 48 Hour Film Festival’s 'Best Actor' category three times, winning twice. In 2019, Jeremiah was identified as one of New Zealand and Australia's up and coming directors at the Melbourne International Film Festival Accelerator Lab. Jeremiah was also selected for Script to Screen Film Up programme to develop his debut feature film drama, Garden City Nights, which is a story inspired by true events about Jeremiah’s own family growing up Christchurch in the 1990s during a time of neo-nazi skinhead uprising.

Christchurch writers come and join our monthly writers' room. We are excited to meet you all in person!

Venue: Fale Eke - Pacific Hub 

Level 1 285 Cashel Street Christchurch

Limited tickets available for this event! But don't worry it will also be available online for those who are not located in Christchurch. Just select if you are attending this event in person or online when confirming tickets. If you cannot make the event in person, please let us know:


1030 - Doors Open (light refreshments provided)

1040 - Loku & Introductions

1045 - Writing Exercises/Warm up

1100 - Personal Writing session -Everyone works on their own writing in timed blocks.

1300 - Closing & opportunity for further networking.


Jeremiah will run through a couple of creative writing exercises and the rest of the time will be dedicated to your own projects. This could be time spent on planning, setting goals, brainstorming new ideas or working on a current one. Network with other Pacific writers!

What to bring:

Please bring along your own personal devices to write on or your own notebook and pen- whatever your preference is for the Personal Writing session.

PISA Writers' Room was possible with the support of Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission’s Strategic Training Fund. 


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