Private Project


an AUT Student Production & a film by Aaliyah Cash - Ka Kite Māmā follows a young tamā named Nikau, experiencing grief and him trying to coupe with his newfound emotions/vulnerability.

  • Aaliyah Cash
  • Aaliyah Cash
  • Alena Jefferson
  • Paulo Fangupo
    D.O.P Cinematographer
  • Levon James-Rawiri
    Key Cast
  • Aleesha Taua-Gordon
    Key Cast
  • Arihia Komene
    Key Cast
  • Johnson Manukau
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 22, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 NZD
  • Country of Origin:
    New Zealand
  • Country of Filming:
    New Zealand
  • Language:
    English, Maori
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Auckland University of Technology
Director - Aaliyah Cash
Director Statement

Kia Ora Whānau,
Ko Aaliyah Cash toku ingoa.
I am the director/writer of ‘Ka Kite Māmā’ - I’m so excited, I get the opportunity to share my short film as it holds such an important significance to whānau and my heart.

Ka Kite Māmā tackles a big theme, which is grief. I wrote this film with the intention of showcasing grief from a Tama (Male’s) perspective - as I feel that there is a big stigma that if males express their emotions it means they’re weak. I also made sure to incorporate Te Ao Māori into this film as, I am a proud Maori wahine - that believes that that our Māori/Pasifika stories need to be told and heard.

Im just excited for people to witness a heartwarming story.
This is my first ever professional production debut, therefore I hope you like it.

This film also honours those that have sadly passed and for men to see that it is okay to be vulnerable.

Hope you like it e te whānau

Nga Mihi