Frozen Reo Māori's premiere held in Auckland

The successful Disney film Frozen has had a te reo Māori remake and the premiere was held in Auckland on Tuesday night.

It's the third instalment from Matewa Media, run by Tweedie Waititi and Chelsea Winstanley, who have collaborated with The Walt Disney Studios since 2017. It's a journey the producers say shows Disney's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The event for Frozen Reo Māori was held at Event Cinemas Newmarket with over 500 guests in attendance to experience the Māori language version of the film on the big screen for the very first time.

People who attended the premiere included voice talent Jaedyn Randell (Princess Anna), Awhimai Fraser (Queen Elsa), and James Tito (Prince Hans from the Southern Isles), as well as producer and director Tweedie Waititi, producer Chelsea Winstanley, and music director Rob Ruha.

The cast and crew at the premiere.
The cast and crew at the premiere. Photo credit: Supplied

The celebrations kicked off with a blue carpet arrival and a whakatau from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to welcome guests, followed by speeches from the filmmakers.

Disney's Frozen Reo Māori will hit participating cinemas in New Zealand and Australia this Thursday, October 27.

Frozen Reo Māori's premiere held in Auckland