About Red Heke Productions®
Red Heke Productions® is an independent Mum and son film team, specializing in creating ‘real’ films that nourish minds and hearts; focusing on nature, art, environmental sustainability, science and ‘kiwi’ native creatures and people.
Red Heke Productions® is based in Nelson, New Zealand and is 100% NZ owned and operated by Emma Heke who is the Director, Producer, Manager, Filmmaker and Marketer…she needs a PA but can’t afford one… yet! Her young son Connor has featured in their films and manned the digital SLR camera shooting the ‘stills’ for Our Green Roadie.
Ideas for the original DVD, OURS® formed in 2006 when Emma noticed a gap in the market for good, doco-style DVDs for young children. She found ‘cutesy-kiddie’ type animations and non-kiwi, big budget films and didn’t want her son Connor watching them! He was 2 at the time and she wanted to create something wholesome and interesting and very kiwi! Emma woke nightly for a month with ideas pouring forth for many DVDs…the seed was sown and the journey commenced! Emma has a background in high-school art and photography teaching (11 years) but had never even picked up a video camera before. It seemed an impossible dream! But a bit of study and a lot of hard work and lashings of kiwi ingenuity (and her very supportive mother who helped look after Connor) saw Emma’s dream realized. OURS® was released April 2009, won a Green ribbon award, was in-flight entertainment on Air NZ and had episodes of TVNZ 6/ Sky Kidzone24 over 4 years.
OUR CREATIVE CHILDREN released October 2010. A film to encourage Art, Ideas and Imagination with Everyday Nature as the starting point. This film is for children aged 2-10 and parents/teachers.
These two films for children were joined by a family/adult friendly documentary OUR GREEN ROADIE released May 2013. This doco saw Emma and Connor (age 7) travel around NZ for 6 months in a small van “Serena” filming and interviewing 50 NZers with eco-businesses and lifestyles. The result is a compilation of snapshots and stories shared to inspire us all to live our dreams for a better world, right now!
And June 2017 has seen the release of the first two episodes in the Our Green Heroes series.