A full house, or in this case cinema, will be good news to the Rotorua Salvation Army.

As part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, the te reo Māori version of the popular Disney movie Moana screens at Reading Cinema on Sunday with entry by way of a canned food donation.

All cans will be given to the Salvation Army for distribution within the community.

Read more: Opinion: Māori Language Week a good way to start te reo journey
At one Rotorua childcare centre every week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori


The te reo version of the film debuted last year as part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. Moana follows the adventures of a young Polynesian princess and navigator who is accompanied by the demigod Maui.

The movie to screen on Sunday does not have subtitles and is solely in te reo Māori

The original script for Moana was penned by Taika Waititi and released by Walt Disney pictures in 2016. Waititi, along with his whāngai sister Tweedie Waititi of Matewā Media, worked with Disney to make the te reo Māori version.

A Rotorua Lakes Council spokesperson said all the seats had been taken, although there were a number of competitions still running for family passes to Sunday's screening.

The event is supported by Reading Cinema, reorua Rotorua and the council.

Related articles: