Te Moana-a-Toi / Bay of Plenty

City Manager

Your Te Moana-a-Toi / Bay of Plenty City Manager and judge is Annmarie Lawler.

Annmarie Lawler


Annmarie Lawler is the Founder and Creative Director of a production company based in Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty.

Annie used to be an active participant in the 48Hours competition and although she misses entering, she "gets a real buzz" from promoting and managing the event in The Bay.

After last year’s 48LOCKDOWN Edition, she is excited to see the films that will be made this year without those restraints. 

Email Annmarie

Call Annmarie - 027 526 6275

Launch venue

From 6pm - Tauranga Club, Level 5 Devonport Towers, 72 Devonport Road

Closest car parking options:
- On street in Devonport Road
- Council car park off Elizabeth Street and then cut through to Devonport Road
- Nearby on-street parking in The Strand


This year heats will be running online rather than in cinemas due to the risk of Covid-19. The heats schedule will be published on the Heats page. We will be streaming them on Youtube and Facebook.

Bay of Plenty City Finals

7pm, Thursday 15th April
Reading Cinema in Rotorua, 1281 Eruera Street


Paula Jones

Producer / Board: Film BOP


Paula Jones is vastly experienced in both film and television production and in industry training.

She is the Producer of the multi award winning feature film Hip Hop-eration (NZFC / Rialto Distribution, 2014) and was Head of Training, Production and Development at South Seas Film and Television School for eight years.

Until recently, Paula was Chair of Film Bay of Plenty, where she initiated and implemented the highly successful Tohea Set Ready Industry Training Program for rangatahi in the Bay of Plenty, Rotorua District.

She is currently executive producing the documentary Katchafire for MTS and in development on a feature film co-production and a second industry training program. She's also working with two young filmmakers in the BOP to assist with their productions.

Natalie Wright


Natalie Wright is a director and actor, whose acting credits include Riding High, Zena, Hercules, and Shortland Street. 

She owns Wright Performance Speech and Drama studio and co-owns and directs Wright Rohde Theatre.

Natalie appeared in Blood Brothers and Wicked The Musical, in which she won a Zony Award for Best Supporting Actress for both roles.

Mike Jonathan

Director, Producer, Director of Photography


Mike Jonathan has been working in film and television for over 28 years in a variety of genres. He recently worked as a camera operator on Vegas, a TV drama series shot in Rotorua.

Mike has made a range of short films, feature length documentaries, and TV shows.

He is a member of the Steam Box film collective in Rotorua and is a Co-Festival Director of the Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival.

Jeff Murphy

Author, Screenwriter, Script Consultant


A BAFTA winner for his work on the successful detective show Hinterland, Jeff Murphy is involved in a range of projects in features and television.

He has a writer and producer role on the acclaimed BBC/All3Media series Hidden.

Jeff's first feature Denmark starring Rafe Spall is a post-industrial kitchen sink fairy tale, released in Fall 2019 with BBC Films.

His second feature Justine is nominated for a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) 2020.

A musician and composer, Jeff writes music for his films and other commissions.