Who are we?

We are an autonomous collective of passionate humans deeply concerned about the environment and social justice. Our aim is to make films and document the incredible people and important events that may otherwise be overlooked. 

In High Tide Don’t Hide, four producer-directors collaborated through a consensus-driven process.

Phil Stebbing, Co-Director, Co-Producer: 

Phil was responsible for the production and coordination of the filming as well as shooting and directing key scenes in Auckland. Over the last 30 years, Phil has worked with British Broadcasters, Discovery Channel and National Geographic, specialising in presenter-led factual programmes and observational documentaries. He has received awards for various productions from Sundance Festival, International Wildlife Film Festival, Jackson Hole, Realscreen, Grierson Award. 

Niva Kay,  Writer, Co-Director, Co-Producer:

Niva is a filmmaker passionate about storytelling, environmental and social justice. Niva has built a successful career as a digital producer, creating content in various media forms, including writing, photography, videography and graphics. She is co-author of the number one best-selling book, ‘The Abundant Garden’. Niva and her partner established Pakaraka Permaculture, a regenerative market garden and education centre on the Coromandel Peninsula. Niva was responsible for the production, directing and shooting of key scenes and characters in Auckland and Thames.

 Emily McDowell, Co-Director, Co-Producer

Emily has directed and produced environmental issues-focused documentaries for broadcasters including BBC World, MTV International and Māori Television, typically further shared as high school and tertiary educational resources. Her series on young people and climate change screened to the world’s largest youth audience. She is a co-founder of Major Arc, a charity championing films committed to positive social change. Emily looked after production in Wellington and educational resources development.

 Nia Phipps, Co-Director, Co-Producer

Nia is a creative producer and impact producer. Recent documentary projects include Land of the Long White Cloud – a web series confronting white privilege and the legacy of a colonial history in Aotearoa New Zealand. Minimum series, produced for Radio New Zealand online – a web series on the reality of life on minimum wage for women in New Zealand. Other noteworthy recent work by Nia was her role as Producer/Project Manager for the award-winning short-documentary and talent initiative Loading Docs (2014-18) which won ‘New Zealand On Air Best Web Series’ at the 2017 New Zealand Television Awards. She is currently employed as a coordinator in the Talent Development Department at the New Zealand Film Commission.