Hand-made Film festival well supported

Eva Blok

A call for short films on the theme of “Ordinary Day” to the residents of Waiheke Island and Oshima Island in Japan resulted in a mini film festival simultaneously broadcast in both countries with a streaming link between the audiences.  


Shigeru Sugawara, mayor of Kesennuma City described the event as a wonderful opportunity to nourish the bonds of friendship already in place—a chance to learn from Kiwi culture and lifestyle with an eye on the problems his region faces.


The theme “Ordinary Day” allowed amateur and professional film makers on both islands to show one another a glimpse of their respective lifestyles, and ultimately to show how similar we all are despite the wide gulf in culture and situation. Playing to a full house at Waiheke’s Cinema complex last Sunday afternoon (midday at the Kesennuma venue), the festival unearthed a slew of talented film makers in both communities. 

PROJECT Chiyo-ni Japan

How can we all come together as earthquake affected areas, and connect as human beings. You are not alone!

PROJECT Chiyo-ni Japan is a unique initiative that seeks to support people in the Tōhoku region centring around Kesennuma in the Miyagi Prefecture in Japan who were directly affected by the East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

PROJECT Chiyo-ni does not provide such things as blankets or food—the time of need for these sorts of items is long past. We focus on the supporting local people and organisations as they rebuild their lives and communities. To this end, PROJECT Chiyo-ni has run a series of intimate initiatives where New Zealanders are able to offer hope and compassion and to form bonds of friendship with the survivors of this tragedy. We in New Zealand are equally vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes—the Canterbury Earthquake from which we are still recovering, was only a few months prior to Tōhoku, and Kaikoura was another NZ region to suffer a catastrophic quake in 2016.

Our central aim is to express solidarity and understanding; to show the people affected by this disaster that they are not alone or forgotten by the international community.