Kirikiriroa / Hamilton

City Managers

Your Kirikiriroa / Hamilton City Managers are Sash (Nixon) Rinaldi and Mary Rinaldi.


Mary Rinaldi

Mary Rinaldi is an award-winning actor, filmmaker, and voice artist. She was a member of various 48Hours teams over the years, usually as an actor and/or producer and general dogsbody, but in 2017 she directed her team's film and took out 5 awards in the Hamilton City finals. She also co-wrote and co-directed (alongside her husband Sash) "The Anniversary", which took out the top award at Tropfest NZ in 2017, and for which she also won Best Actor.

She continues to produce short films, with her most recent short "Minimally Invasive" having a very successful festival run around the world, including screening at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX, and Monster Fest in Melbourne. Mary enjoys supporting the many amazing regional teams in 48Hours, getting more people into filmmaking, and is very excited to be managing both the Waikato and BOP regions for this year's competition.


Sash (Nixon) Rinaldi 
Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Sasha Rinaldi graduated in Screen and Media at the University of Waikato and has been a Waikato actor and filmmaker ever since. 

In 2003 George Lucas honoured his fan film "Star Wars Hunter" with a golden droid statue at San Diego Comic Con.

After years honing his filmmaking and acting craft in the 48 hours, he won Tropfest NZ with "The Anniversary" in 2017, along with the Te Tohu Awahatanga cultural award for creative achievement as a Māori filmmaker.

He is currently writing Aotearoa's answer to Indiana Jones, an indigenous adventure set in the late 1800s.


Your main point of contact for the Kirikirikoa/Hamilton region is Mary.

Email Mary

Call Mary - 0277019543

Email Sash

Call Sash - 021 309 733

Join the Hamilton 48Hours Facebook Group


View the 2022 Heats Schedule.

All heats will be screened online and there will also be a local watch party for the heats at the Creative Waikato pop-up space at 24 Garden Place, Hamilton CBD. Seating will be limited to around 40.

Please note that watch parties are trade screenings intended for cast and crew, and aren't public events. Some of the venues have limited numbers of seats so please consider how many people you bring along to the heats. Feel free to share the YouTube livestream online.

City Finals

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm - Please arrive at least 15 minutes before this so we can start on
Venue: Event Cinema Chartwell, Level 2, Chartwell Shopping Centre, Cnr Hukanui &      Comries Rd, Chartwell Hamilton

Tickets are on sale here.



Fiona Jackson

Fiona began her film career as a stunt performer and director's assistant in California. She has a doctorate in film, and is currently a film tutor at WINTEC. Her last big project was the feature film Penny Black, and the accompanying short film, Lapwing. She loves short film, especially documentary and music videos. They’re a great way for filmmakers to hone their skills and show what they can do in order to break into the industry. Fiona's latest passion is digital animation and would love to see some groups tackle animation for the 48 Hours Competition.


Wairehu Grant 

Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Wairehu Grant is a Kirikiriroa based musician, media researcher, live sound technician and videographer. His filmic work to date has primarily been centered around capturing live performances of local bands, combining the narrative elements of music and cinematography to better convey the excitement of being at a live show. Since 2019 Wairehu has been lecturing second year film production at Waikato University, as well as working on a PhD thesis exploring the works and experiences of Māori in Aotearoa’s DIY punk communities. After finishing his PhD he plans to begin work on a documentary film on the same topic.


Aidee Walker

Aidee is a NZ actress and director. Her film Friday Tigers won Best Short Film at the NZ Film Festival in 2013 and in 2014 she went on to join the writing team at South Pacific Pictures for Step Dave. Aidee directed webseries Stand up For the Girl, Westside (Season's 4 and 5) The Brokenwood Mysteries (season 6 and 7), The BBC's Mystic and My Kid Sister for Greenstone Productions. Aidee also has several high profile acting credits that include leading roles in The Black Widow, Sundance and feature film, Dark Places. Her own feature  written by Shanrah Wakefield, Rabbit Season is currently in development. 


Moehau Hodges-Tai 

Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Wai.

Moehau has worked for South Pacific Pictures, NZ Herald and NZ Media and Entertainment. He has free-lanced in big budget film productions, advertisements, music video clips and TV shows working for a range of production companies. Currently an executive Producer for Māori TV specializing in online news and news programming Moehau has over 10 years’ experience in filmmaking, editing, journalism, and social media.

Moehau is passionate about increasing visibility of Te Ao Māori and normalising Māori content in the media. 


Miryam Jacobi

Miryam is an award-winning director, producer, writer and co-founder of 2113 Creatives, in Hamilton. her work as been screened at Show Me Shorts, Galway Film Fleadh, Melbourne Women in Film Festival, Vail Film Festival and Hollywood Short Film Festival.
Miryam has a bachelor of Performing Arts degree from Toi Whakaari and Her body of work includes directing and producing online advertising campaigns for much-loved Kiwi brands, second unit directing for Hannah Marks on Amazon’s Dont Make Me Go, creating an NZ On Air funded documentary about eating disorders now used in schools and specialist clinics around the world, and producing music videos for local artists such as Dick Move and Tāne Williams.


Giles McNeill

In 2012, Giles co-wrote, directed and edited the 48Hour film Brains? which took out the top award in 48Hours and then went onto screen in festivals around the world.  Proving his furious filmmaking talent even more, in 2014 Giles and his team came 2nd overall with Rubble. His credits include 2nd assistant director for the feature film, Bellbird and making a 3D feature length film experience as part of a live performance by the band Spartacus R. He's produced and directed music videos for the Wellington Band, Blackminnalouche. 


Paige Larianova

Paige's films include short film Blink (writer/director) and short film Drink Up You’re Next (producer) which was part of Misty Flicks 2021 & REEL Recovery 2021. Paige is currently developing a comedy feature H-Town Down and shortfilm Track
Originally from South Auckland Paige now resides in Waikato and is an advocate for producing content in Waikato.