NZ Actors Equity pay tribute to Don Selwyn

Merv Tano; veteran filmmaker Don Selwyn; and Trevor Moeke of the Wananga O Aotearoa at Selwyn's He Taonga Films office in Auckland.

Kua hinga te totara o te wao nui a Tane
The great Totara in the forest of Tane has fallen

NZ Actors Equity pay tribute to Don Selwyn

New Zealand Actors Equity today paid tribute to actor, producer and director Don Selwyn, who died yesterday.

President Jennifer Ward-Lealand said that his loss was being felt through industry.

"He was a wonderful man who was dedicated to the New Zealand industry, particularly to advancing the involvement of Maori and Pacific peoples," she said.

"We are all saddened by his passing." ends Haere atu ra e te rangitira haere, haere, haere atu ra Farewell to a great leader
Teresa Brown
Industrial Organiser
Equity New Zealand/NZ Actors Equity
Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance

Don is at Wharauroa marae Taumaranui, and will be buried onTuesday




Large numbers are expected at Taumarunui’s Wharauroa Marae today and tomorrow for the tangi of filmmaker Don Selwyn.

And while is widely recognised for his contribution to Maori film and television, broadcaster Tainui Stevens says his impact on other the way other cultures are now telling their stories shouldn't be underestimated.

Mr Stevens says the training schemes Mr Selwyn ran in the produced an extraordinary number Maori and Pacific Island graduates who made their way into the film and television industry as technicians, actors, directors and producers.

He says Don Selwyn was always interested in good stories, irrespective of who was trying to tell them.

“He was so very very Maori, but he was so very very inclusive of all peoples. And his work with the Pacific Island communities, and more recently with the Chinese communities, because he was working on a movie about Rewi Alley, wherever the stories took him, he was keen to use the people of that area,” Mr Stevens says.

Don Selwyn died in Auckland on Friday after a long illness. He will be buried in Taumarunui tomorrow.

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