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About Me
Lanita Ririnui Ryan is a creative native storyteller of Māori & Cook Islands decent (Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāpuhi, Kuki Āirani)
She is an independant producer, director, writer, presenter/MC and has delivered various projects across screens of all sizes for the past 20 years.
The majority of her works have been in rangatahi (youth), lifestyle, music, sport and entertainment genres, while documentary has also been a consistent feature.
Inspired by stories of identity and cultural connection in contemporary society, she has a high interest in people sharing their own stories and her artistic works are predominantly influenced by momentum and the female element. She is the creator of mana wahine artworks, moko fashion design, #polydollytalk and POI360.
Bachelor of Communication Studies - Television Major, 1997. Auckland Insititute of Technology. TVNZ Scholarship Recipient.
Professional memberships
Board member - Nga Aho Whakaari 'Māori in Screen Production' Guild (2013-2016)
Ambassador - The Outlook for Someday Filmmaking Challenge (since 2009)
Māori whanau executive - Westlake Boys High School (2015/6)
Current work
  1. 6 FEB 2016
    Fresh - season 6
    Director (in production)
    TX: Saturday 10am TV2
    ACCESS 24/7
  3. POI360
    Interactive Documentary Project - experience the poi in an immersive way and hear the story of its indigenous connections to Aotearoa.
    In Production - Funded by NZOA
    Bound - A young poi assassins date with destiny with death is more entwined than she thinks. Shoes - An old man tells a tragic tale, caught in a loophole of time.
    In Development - working towards the feature film script POI GIRL.