Dr Ann Hardy

Qualifications: MA Cant; Dip Journ. Dip. Film & TV Production Middlesex; PhD Waikato

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About Ann

Ann's professional experience includes work as a radio and television journalist and as a video producer in private and state sector production units. From the mid 1980s this commercial work was combined with tutoring at Film and Theatre Studies at Victoria University, Wellington, and at this time she also began writing a series of articles on New Zealand women's filmmaking for the magazine Illusions.

Ann now teaches in Screen and Media Studies at Waikato University, Hamilton where her specialisations include: Aotearoa/New Zealand screen, narrative theory, scriptwriting and communications theory. Ann's doctoral research was into the constructions of religion and spirituality understood and employed by workers in the local film and television industries. This project prompted her to develop, in 2002, New Zealand's first university course devoted to the intersections of religion and the media; a field she has continued to explore in a number of publications.


Screen and Media

Media and religion; New Zealand film and television; communication theory; scriptwriting.

Research Interests

Ann’s current activities include research into the development of the pre-colonial celebration of the rising of the constellation Matariki into a contemporary festival addressing all New Zealanders. This project stems from her interest in the place of Maori spiritual concepts in the national imaginary. She is also a member of the Audience Research team undertaking an online Q-method study of international responses to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Recent Publications

  • Hardy, A. (2022). Abundant, at ease and expansive? The influence of Māori and Polynesian spirituality on 21st century New Zealand motion pictures.. In M. Hjort, & T. Nannicelli (Eds.), A Companion to Motion Pictures and Public Value. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Hardy, A., & Whaanga, H. (2019). Using the stars to indigenize the public sphere: Matariki over New Zealand. Religions, 10(7), 1-12. doi:10.3390/rel10070431

  • Zalipour, A., & Hardy, A. (2019). Tusi Tamasese. In A. Zalipour (Ed.), Migrant and Diasporic Film and Filmmaking in New Zealand (pp. 171-183). Singapore: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-13-1379-0_10

  • Hardy, A. (2019). Looking inwards, looking back: Tusi Tamasese and Samoan cultural production in New Zealand. In A. Zalipour (Ed.), Migrant and Diasporic Film and Filmmaking in New Zealand (pp. 105-121). Singapore: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-13-1379-0_6

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Papers Taught


PhD projects being supervised by Ann include Kim Ju Hee’s project on film co-productions between South Korea and New Zealand and Arezou Zalipour’s project on diasporic Asain filmmaking in New Zealand (both supervised with Geoff Lealand).

Associations and Memberships

For many years Ann has been a member of the University’s Culture and Art Committees and is currently the Vice-Chancellor’s representative on the Hamilton Arts Forum. She is also the Academic Advisor for the New Zealand Broadcasting School at CPIT, Christchurch.