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Dec 17

New short film mental health resource for young mums, Tūmanako.

Tūmanako, which means hope, is a short film made over the last eight months by 10 teenage mums from Tawa's He Huarahi Tamariki, along with University of Victoria student Catherine Pihema.

Tūmanako was made as part of Victoria University student Catherine Pihema's masters thesis to develop a mental health resource for young people. Her work falls under the university's Youth Wellbeing Study.

She approached this through kaupapa Māori principles and action-based research, which is research that comes from groups working towards a tangible outcome.

The script was been produced through many hui around their experiences and supports that had helped get them though. We have produced the film with local film company Falkirk Films and have had some big names work on the film such as Lauren King who did the composition for 'Waru'. The film premiered at the Penthouse Cinema in Brooklyn last Thursday (Nov 30th).

The young mothers act in the film and have had their cover of Maisey Rika's waiata produced by the New Zealand School of Film and is the backing track also. 

The team are trying to get their message of hope and support shared as widely as possible; the film will be available via YouTube on Monday.

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