Nicole Hunt (Ngāi Tūhoe) is an aspiring Māori filmmaker and practicing photographer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Born in the beautiful but troubled town of Kawerau, her upbringing led her to realise the power storytelling has for marginalised voices. She is a self-taught freelance photographer and has worked in the industry for the past four years. Past clients include Vice NZ, RNZ, Metro Magazine, Redbull, and somehow the Australian Government amongst many others.
A Karangahape Road local, Nicole has been documenting and collaborating with Auckland’s evolving music and arts communities for several years. She is also a confident writer, holding a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Media Studies from AUT University.
After being inspired by the work of pioneer wahine Māori filmmaker Merata Mita, Nicole has delved into the film world with the intention of amplifying indigenous narratives. In 2019, she will graduate South Seas Film and Television School with a major in camera, lighting and audio.
After delving into the depths of her own whakapapa, she was inspired to become actively involved with the reclamation of her family's whenua in Ruatoki. As the situation at Ihumātao escalates, she has also dedicated her time and skills there to help mana whenua.
At COP25 she hopes to make meaningful connections with the global indigenous community and use the digital realm to amplify, organise, mobilise, educate, disrupt and confront.