This 10min short film was made for the Akau team in order to create awareness of the need for such projects around Aotearoa.  The intension was that they receive ongoing support for the great work that they do for the rangatahi (youth) of Kaikohe.

Please watch and share this film across your networks to help them receive the funding and support they deserve, and visit for more information on their initiative.

Directed, filmed and edited by Rowena Baines

Sound by Emiliano Tomas Brescacin


Te Teira Rakete

Ruby Watson

Ana Heremaia

Rakky Alexander

Many thanks to the other students on the Akau course, Te Teira’s whanau, those at Unitec and Miria marae and Felicity Brenchley for all the behind the scenes work for Akau!