Tainui Stephens (Te Rarawa) is an independent film and television producer, director, executive producer, writer, and presenter. Over three decades he has accrued many credits in television and film, but retains a love of directing. Tainui commenced his career in 1984 with Television New Zealand’s Koha. One of his recent projects was the Māori language feature film The Dead Lands. He is committed to the role of the Māori storyteller in all modern media. Tainui is comfortable working in a wide range of genre and content and is personally attracted to compelling stories that critique and celebrate the human condition.