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Michael Jonathan

Mike Jonathan is the founder of Haka Boy Films based in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Most recently, Jonathan produced and directed Nga Taumaru/Shadows, and independent short film. A story based on true events, shows a young Maori man, Tommy, a paranoid schizophrenic retelling his life story to a video camera. His world is haunted by his shadows.

Jonathan directed the heart warming short film, Hawaikii that has screened in over 30 countries around the world. Hawaikii won best short film at ImagineNATIVE 2006 and best film and best overall film at Magma Film Festival and was also a finalist at New Zealand's Screen Awards 2007. And today Hawaikii continues to travel the world festival circuit.

Jonathan has worked in the TV and Film industries for over 15 years as a cameraman, editor and director. His skill and knowledge is an asset to any project. His most recent being the director of the highest rating show on Maori Television, Hunting Aotearoa. His passion to tell Maori stories to the world is evident in everything he does.

Short film credits


Ow What!

New Zealand | Aug 2015 | 15:00
Te Mauri dreams of following in his absent rugby-playing father’s footsteps and finds encouragement from an unusual source.
Director, Producer
Image from Nga Taumaru

Nga Taumaru

New Zealand | Oct 2008 | 14:00
A brilliant and exquisitely terrifying trip into the haunted soul of a man tormented by demonic shadows.


New Zealand | Oct 2006 | 11:00
A father and daughter take their first steps into a foreign world.
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Information on this profile is provided by the person and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 18 Apr 2009