Toiroa A. Williams Te Whakatōhea, Ngai Tai, Te Whānau a Apanui
Williams is an inspiring Māori filmmaker who holds a passion for telling Indigenous stories. He graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2016 with his Master of Arts degree in Māori Development and Communication. He has experience in independent film both nationally and internationally. Prior to this, he completed a Bachelor of Communications degree majoring in television. His research looked at developing opportunities to support rangatahi (youth) to achieve within his home community of Ōpōtiki.
Williams is now enrolled in his PhD at AUT. He is taking his passion for telling Indigenous stories through film into his doctoral studies. His research aims to create a documentary on his tribe Te Whakatōhea in Ōpōtiki which might carry the wairua (spirit) and experiences of Te Whakatōhea and injustices of their past in order to teach the next generation of rangatahi about their own history.
Feedback from a student April 2022: