Christina Milligan


Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8256


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BA (Hons) Auckland

Diploma Performing Arts, Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School 

Memberships and Affiliations:

Member, Executive Council, Screenwriting Research Network, hosted by ICS, University of Leeds

Member, Postgraduate Committee, School of Communication Studies, AUT


Christina is a practitioner-researcher who has been lecturing and supervising at AUT since 2011. She has spent more than 25 years working in the screen industry as a producer and screenwriter, work which she continues to pursue. She is a descendant of Ngāti Porou and her industry work is focused principally around Māori stories and Māori practitioners, as reflected in her most recent credits as executive producer of the feature film Mt Zion (2013) and producer of the feature documentary The Price of Peace (2015). Christina maintains strong links in the NZ screen industry and values being able to use these connections to help support graduating students.

Teaching Areas:

149126 Screenwriting Drama (Postgraduate)

149153 Producing for the Screen (Postgraduate)

BCS: Screenwriting fiction and non-fiction

BCS: Screen production fiction and non-fiction


MCS, AUT. "Not Our Future: An Exploration of Pacific Identity through Targeted Television Advertising." Completed 2016. 

MA, University of Auckland. "Goodbye" Feature Screenplay. Practice-based. Completed 2011.

MA, University of Auckland. "Birdwatching" Feature Screenplay. Practice-based. Completed 2011.

MA, University of Auckland. "Hope's War" Short Film Production. Practice-based. Completed 2011. 

Research Areas:

Indigenous screenwriting and screen production

Indigenous representation in screen production 

Documentary screen production

Screenwriting for drama and documentary 

Government policy and its effect on the screen industry in NZ 

Current Research Projects:

*  Te Ara Motuhenga: Documentary Pathways - a research group within Television and Screen Production at AUT. Currently exploring documentary methodology and practice through a series of extended interviews with visiting international documentary makers.

*  The changing nature of documentary production and distribution in New Zealand, explored through the production and distribution of feature documentary The Price of Peace. 




Milligan, C. (2017). Expanding the dialogue: The producer as part of the creative triangle. Journal of Screenwriting.  8,1. (23-37). 

Milligan, C. (2017). The Bonfire screening highlights heart-wrenching Arctic story. 27/03/2017.

Milligan, C. (2016). High risks for Fiji divers in Pacific documentary 'disturbing'.  asiapacificreport. nz 06/03/2016.

Milligan, C. (2015). Noho Rewa: The wrongful occupation of Hawai'i. Pacific Journalism Review. 21,1. (133-140).

Milligan, C. (2015). Sites of exuberance: Barry Barclay and fourth cinema, ten years on. International Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. 11,3. (347-359). 

Milligan, C., Grant, R., & Webby, K. (Producers), & Webby, K. (Director). (2015). The Price of Peace (Motion picture). New Zealand: Conbrio Media. 

Milligan, C. (Executive Producer), Hita, Q. (Producer), & Kahi, T. (Director). (2013). Mt Zion (Motion picture).  New Zealand: Kura Productions.

Milligan, C., & Hoey, N. (Producers), & Wolfe, K. (Director). (2011). Nights in the Gardens of Spain (U.S. title Kawa) (Motion picture). New Zealand: Cinco Cine Conbrio. 

Milligan, C. (Producer), &  Stephens, T. (Director). (2008). Let My Whakapapa Speak (Television documentary). New Zealand: Conbrio Media.

Selected presentations

2017 Panellist, Skabmagovat 2017, Inari, Finland - Stolen Traditions: Māori and Sami artists and activists discuss cultural appropriation.

2016 Paper presented at SSAAANZ Conference, Victoria University of Wellington - What is the Creative Producer?  Or is that an oxymoron?

2016 Paper presented at Our Own Image: The Legacies of Maori filmmaking in Aotearoa conference, Unitec, Auckland - The uncertainties of the creative process: a reflection on working with the Māori filmmaker Barry Barclay

2015 Paper presented at School of Communications Studies seminar, Auckland University of Technology -  Story editing in film: The editor as interface between the writer and the market.

2015 Paper presented at the Screenwriting Research Network Conference, London - What does the Script Consultant Do?

2015 Panellist, ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival, Toronto - The Vital Art of Story Editing 

2015 Co-leader Story Laboratory with new indigenous screenwriters, ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival, Toronto 

2015 Chair, Script to Screen panel with producers from three of NZ's leading film production companies, Auckland - Changes to NZ Government Film Funding 

2014 Chair, WIFT panel with representatives from BBC Film, Scottish Screen and Hanway Distribution UK, Auckland - What The World is Watching

2014, Mediator, NZDEG panel with leading screenwriter, director of photography and editor, Auckland - Opening the channels of communication on a film crew 

2013 Guest address, Christchurch Short Film Workshop, CPIT Broadcasting School, Christchurch - The short film: from the dream to the screen   

2012 Moderator, Big Screen Symposium, University of Auckland - In Conversation with Australian screenwriter Keith Thompson 

2011 Panellist, International Symposium of Maori and Indigenous Screen Production, Auckland University of Technology -  The Perils and Pleasures of Producing 

2011 Guest Lecture, Department of Māori Studies, University of Auckland - Telling Māori Drama Stories of Mainstream Television

2009 Chair, Script to Screen panel Auckland - The role of the creative producer: Keeping the vision and fuelling the engine

2009 Guest Lecture, Department of Media, Film and Communication, University of Otago, Dunedin - The Role of the Producer



2016 New Zealand Peace Foundation Award for "contribution to peace and aroha": feature documentary The Price of Peace (producer).  Co-winner with director Kim Webby and co-producer Roger Grant. 

2016 Best Pacific Documentary, Anuu-ru Aboro Festival International du Cinema des Peuples, New Caledonia: feature documentary The Price of Peace (producer)

2016 Rigoberta Menchu 2nd Prize, Presence Autochtone Montreal First Peoples' Festival, Montreal: feature documentary The Price of Peace (producer) 

2016 Jury Prize, Festival International du film documentaire oceanien (FIFO), Tahiti: feature documentary The Price of Peace (producer) 

2015 Alanis Obomsawin Award for Best Documentary, ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival, Toronto: feature documentary The Price of Peace (producer) 

2013 NZMPIC NZ Box Office Achievement Award: highest grossing NZ film: Mt Zion (executive producer)

2013 Flicks People's Choice Award Best Film: Mt Zion (executive producer) 

2011 Best Film, National Geographic All Roads Festival, Washington DC: feature film Kawa (producer) 

2009 Best Short Film, Berlinale, Germany: short film Aphrodite's Farm (executive producer)

2008 Finalist, Best Māori Language Programme, Qantas Awards NZ: feature documentary Let My Whakapapa Speak (producer) 

2005 Finalist, Best Children's Programme, Qantas Awards NZ: television drama series P.E.T. Detectives (producer)