Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa / Gisborne

City Manager 

Your Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa / Gisborne City Manager and judge is Tom Paton.

Tom Paton


Tom Paton has been making films since high school; he spent his spare time in his 20s hanging out with friends and writing and shooting short films, skits, and music videos. When he heard about the 48Hours, he had to enter. 

Competing for the first time in Wellington in 2006, he immediately caught the 48Hours bug.  After a few more years competing in Wellington, he then moved to Gizzy. There, he tried his hand again and was the city runner-up in both 2010 and 2013.

He can't recommend the 48Hours enough; it's such a buzz getting stuck in and making a film in a weekend. 

As the Gisborne Regional Manager, he loves his role. While he's disappointed to not be making a film, he's stoked to help facilitate his region's film-makers. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Tom. 

Email Tom

Call Tom - 022 014 6291

Join the Gisborne Facebook Group.

Launch venue

From 6pm - Rangai Studio, 235 Gladstone Road, Gisborne.


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.

Gisborne City Finals

Saturday 17th April
Dome Cinema, 38 Childers rd, Gisborne.


Jason Canovas 

Editor, Sound Designer, Sound Editor


Jason Canovas was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Sound Editing for his work on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

He is known for his frequent collaborations with director Peter Jackson.

Jason is recognised for his work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mortal Engines (2018), WorldWar Z (2013), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), Boy (2010), District 9 (2009), The Lovely Bones (2009), and Ghost Dog (1999), among other titles. 

Darren Maynard 

Sound Designer, Sound Editor


Gisborne-born Darren Maynard has worked on countless international and New Zealand productions.

He’s worked for Warner Brothers’ Sound Department and other top facilities such as King Soundworks, Formosa Group, and Park Road Post.

Notable credits include The Tax Collector (2020), Joker (2019), Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Video Game, 2019), and Dynasty (2017-2018). 

Josh O'Neill

Production Designer

Accredited Production Designer Josh O’Neill has worked on a variety of projects including This Town (2020), Hinekura (2019), and Wellington Paranormal (2019), to name a few.