Nicole Hunt
Aute explores the importance of preserving indigenous rituals and maintaining a harmonious relationship between land and tangata whenua.

The Film Makers

Nicole Hunt


Nicole Hunt (Ngā Tūhoe & Te Arawa) is a photographer and aspiring filmmaker based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Born and raised in the beautiful but troubled town of Kawerau, her upbringing let her to realise the power storytelling has for marginalised voices. She is a recent graduate of South Seas Film & Television school and is the director of the short documentary Aute.

Eden Vawdrey


Eden Vawdrey is a Samoan producer and assistant director whose passion for telling Pasifika and Māori stories has allowed her to explore the indigenous histories of Aotearoa as well as connect her to her Samoan roots. As well as producing Aute the documentary, Eden is the 2nd AD on Aitu, a Pacific anthology film series and is mentoring for Youngatira, a leadership through film programme by and for Rangatahi Māori.