Multi-talented international film director Taika Waititi has had a lot to celebrate lately. In July, he launched a new film company Piki Films, which includes fellow comedy writers Oscar Kightley and Madeline Sami.
Two weeks ago, his video Team, Ball, Player, Thing - the official All Black supporters' anthem featuring a Super Group of NZ musical talent - was launched to huge fanfare.
Then last week, Waititi gathered a tight-knit group of friends in Hawaii for a well deserved celebration, his 40th birthday. Kightley and Sami were guests, as was Kightley's ex-partner and dear friend, Teuila Blakely, alongside fellow actor and Game of Thrones' cast member Keisha Castle-Hughes and comedian Rhys Darby.
Waititi is staying at a private residence on Oahu editing his latest adventure, comedy feature film The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, an adaptation of a book by Barry Crump, Wild Pork and Watercress.
Starring Sam Neill and young Paper Planes star Julian Dennison, alongside Darby and Stan Walker (Walker's new film Born to Dance has its red carpet premiere in Auckland tonight.) Kightley also appears in the film, alongside Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Cohen Holloway and Mike Minogue. Parts of it were shot in West Auckland and the Central Plateau of NZ.
Spy hears Waititi's residence was the perfect spot for a few days of celebration and plenty of laughter with the group.
Blakely, busy herself with the launch last week of the awareness campaign video #mybodymyterms, told Spy: "Things have been manic for everyone to get together, I just managed to fly out for the celebration, it was amazing, a group of best friends celebrating Taika's 40th, which was a few weeks earlier in August. We all wore matching Taika caps, whether it was in the sun or out at night. It was a very special weekend."
Spy understands on Oahu, Waititi, Kightley and Sami lived up to the Maori name of their film company Piki, which means to climb, ascend, climb over and get on.
Piki celebrates the best of NZ comedy writers and has several projects in development. Sami and Kightley are up first.
Sami has a script in progress from her Super City series character, the narcissistic cheerleader Pasha Patel for her film, partly set in India.
Kightley's project is a World War II film set in Germany and Samoa.
A few months back, Sami posted a picture with Castle-Hughes and Ladyhawke in Berlin on Instagram.
Sami: "Ya go the Berlin to get away from it all and who do ya bump into??"
Waititi is executive producer on both films and Spy understands both could be ready for market as early as next year.
For Castle-Hughes, the party didn't end in Hawaii. On Sunday she enjoyed being part of the record breaking Game of Thrones' award winning success at the 67th Emmy Awards.
Celebrating in Hollywood, she posted a picture to social media of her cosying up to Pedro Pascal, who played her on screen father Oberyn Martell.