Rāmari Fox (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou) has the best possible connections to start a career in film, but she certainly had to jump some hurdles to be where she is now. Rāmari ’s grandfather, broadcaster Derek Fox along with many other family members are working in the industry in some form or another. Rāmari however, had initially no intention to follow suit.
Rāmari was born in Ruatoria, spent eight years of her life in Brisbane and moved to Wellington in 2015 to study Makeup Artistry. When she fell pregnant with her son Vincent (now 4) she had to cut her course short and go back to the drawing board. In 2018 Rāmari moved to Hawke’s Bay and started her Bachelor of Creative Practice, Screen Production, at EIT.
“I always had an interest and a talent for photography and film but I never really saw myself in this industry. Now, of course, I’m very glad that I took the plunge.”
Rāmari was recently awarded the Manini-tua Scholarship, a significant new scholarship between Ngāti Porou and EIT. The scholarship aims to support Ngāti Porou iwi members studying in areas of strategic significance to the iwi.
EIT screen production programme coordinator, Tessa Tylee speaks highly of her talented student, “Rāmari is a natural and inspirational leader. She constantly pushes herself and cares about everybody around her. And she excelled at her internship which was a great stepping stone for her career.”
In their last year, students have to complete an internship and Rāmari chose to work at Pango, a small production house in Auckland. “It was an amazing experience. I was involved in everything, from joining network meetings to assisting with their productions.” After the one-month internship Rāmari was offered a job. “I would be really keen to move to Auckland but I just want to complete my degree first and then decide on the next steps.”
“Having to accommodate the needs of my son, I don’t have the same flexibility as other people but we make it work. At the moment, Vincent goes to Ōtātara Children’s Centre at EIT which is super practical.”
Rāmari says that the degree teaches her all the nitty gritty aspects of screen production – from script writing to camera work, sound capture and editing. Her dream avenue is directing and producing and there is no doubt that Rāmari is ready to hit the ground running.