The hero we don’t need, the hero we deserve.
Two Rangatahi use their whakapapa and social media to fight big industry and small crime.
Tūranganui–a-Kiwa is under siege, vandalism and littering are going unchecked and scooter kids are running the streets. One Rangatahi has had enough, becoming vigilante crime fighter, Pūkeko Man.
With sidekick (and social media filmmaker) Camera-Man on his team, the series follows Pūkeko Man as he tackles the big local issues, fly-tipping, facebook marketplace scams and the deadly slash conspiracy.
CAST & CREW
Pūkeko-Man is created and produced by the team at Rāngai, with the support of professional mentors provided by Target3D. We are building the foundations of workforce to enter The Maori-Verse and explore Māori stories in our contemporary approach.
THE PŪKEKO-MAN (teaser)
As production progressed through test footage, character design and writing, we continued to focus on crew development . Filming evenings, reviewing, then implementing changes to improve before the next shoot.
We're proud of where the project is and hope you enjoy our current teaser.
Our Industry Team.
Here is a look at the some of the industry professionals who are contributing to Pūkeko-Man in 2024. We're excited to provide the opportunity for rangatahi to work alongside such incredible people.
Producer and Production Accountant
Cinematography and Colourist
Art Director and VFX production manager
Production and Script Advisor
The test footage for Pūkeko-Man was created as an Independent Creative Experiment. Each Friday our teaching staff, senior crew, and students, volunteer their time to support projects lead by our aspiring Directors and Producers. We call these ICE Friday, and the first step is to create a pitch video and attract the support of the team.
Rāngai & The Māori Verse
Rāngai is a workforce development company, providing industry employment for students of Te Pūkenga - EIT.
Delivering productions appropriate to the students ability including live streaming, advertising, documentary and news style content. They have posted 400 pieces of content in past 12 months.
As the crew are have established themselves, built work ethic and honed their skills, they are ready for a more significant challenge.
Pūkeko-Man is the first project in our interconnected universe of contemporary Māori folk tales.