Cinematographer Waka Attewell NZCS has been shooting images of New Zealand for over 30 years.

As a freelance cameraman and director of photography he has worked with many of the major directors in New Zealand cinema.

He began his career at John O' Shea's Pacific Films and later established his own production company Valhalla Films, where he has filmed and directed a run of commercials, films and documentaries.

He has won awards both for his cinematography and direction.

These days he is an accredited member of the New Zealand Cinematographers Society and also an opinionated commentator on screen matters for a range of local publications.

Show reel available upon request.


  • 1999 Oberhausen International Short Film Festival:
    Honourable Mention - Children's Short Film Competition for
    The Murder House
  • 1996 TV Guide New Zealand Film and Television Awards:
    Best Cinematography (Film) for
    The Whole of the Moon
  • 1990 International Film and Television Festival:
    Silver Medal for directing
    Our Future Generation
  • 1988 New Zealand Film and Television Awards:
    Nominated for Best Cinematography for
    Dangerous Orphans