Te Moana-a-Toi / Bay of Plenty

City Managers

Your Te Moana-a-Toi / Bay of Plenty City Managers are Sash (Nixon) Rinaldi and Mary Rinaldi.


Sasha (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 48Hours, 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.


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.


Your main point of contact for the Bay of Plenty region is Sash.

Email Sash

Call Sash - 021 309 733

Email Mary

Call Mary - 0277019543

Join the BOP 48Hours Facebook Group

Filming Guidelines

Any local guidelines for filming will be added here when available.

Bay of Plenty City Finals

Bay of Plenty Finals will be held on Saturday 17 September, 6pm, at Event Cinemas Tauranga Central, 45 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga.


Louis Bolton


Louis Bolton is a Father, Husband, Filmmaker, Photographer and Editor. He is more interested in the 'why' of documentary filming and photography. South African born and bred and now living in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Louis has been in the film and video industry for many years as a director and director of photographer. Having travelled extensively in Africa documenting human stories he finds himself in a new land starting over and learning about new stories, people and culture through film and video.

Paula Whetu Jones

Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Porou


Paula is a mother, grandmother, the Director of Whitiora Productions Ltd and a NZ Māori filmmaker. She has directed and produced a wide range of works over the last 20 years across all genres and formats. 

Paula has a Master’s in Creative Writing and wrote and directed Mere which is one of eight vignettes in the internationally acclaimed Waru. Her writing and directing credits include A Matter of Time and Yellow Roses as well as being the creator, writer and director of the web series, I DATE and He Ao Kotahi.

Paula’s first feature film Whina, which she co-wrote and co-directed with James Napier Robertson was released in June 2022 and is currently in cinemas. She has several film projects currently in various stages of development. 

Jannine Spiers-Bishop


Jannine has over 25 years’ experience in the film industry. She is a Creative Director, Artist, Production Designer and is currently the NZ Project Manager for the NZ International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF). Her roles include coordinating Youth filmmaking workshops and tutoring Art Direction and Art Department skills. As well as the Events Manager for Film Bay of Plenty for the past 3 years and currently runs Tauranga Independent Film, a not-for-profit community lead organization who run film events and networking opportunities for the local Tauranga screen media community, including the wider Bay of Plenty region, to showcase their talents. Artistically, Jannine has a love for Film, Marionettes and Sculpture.


Huhana Ruri-Panapa

Huhana is an award-winning editor. Among several high-profile accolades, in 2021,  she co-directed and edited, Black Sea, Golden Ladder which won Best Musical and Best Oceania Film for The Cannes Film Festival.  Well-rounded in most genres, Huhana has multiple editor credits on shows produced by Warner Bros including Project Runway NZ and Married At First Sight, Maori Television, and Amazon.