David Whittet's New Film

Welcome to Hīkoi.

is David Whittet’s new film project, inspired by the child poverty debate, which was a major feature of the recent New Zealand general election. Following the immense success of the Amiri & Aroha trilogy, David has chosen another challenging and distinctly New Zealand story.
Some years back, David wrote a script for a screenwriting festival held by the British Film Institute. The story encompassed child poverty and deprivation in a deeply moving story. The political debate rekindled David’s interest in his story which he has updated with an urban Māori setting.
Hīkoi promises to be an uncompromising look at some troubling issues encompassed in a hard-hitting drama with an important message.

Follow the development of the project on the Hīkoi Blog and meet Nikki Te Ataarangi Brand, the talented musician who has written our title song. Nikki will perform her powerful song on the soundtrack and will feature in our music video that we hope to release in the very near future.

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