Taika Waititi was amongst the Māori filmmakers honoured at the inaugural Ngā Aho Whakaari Māori Screen Awards at the weekend.
The Māori screen production organisation honoured the following recipients:
TE POU TAIOREORE - New Zealand Film Commission Super Hero Award for taking Māori film to the universe and beyond.
RECIPIENT: Taika Waititi
TE POU TAUNAKI NZ ON AIR Award For contribution to capacity building and bringing in new talent.
RECIPIENT: Cinco Cine
TE POU AWEAWE SOUTH PACIFIC PICTURES Award For Inspirational Creativity On Screen
RECIPIENT: Fred Renata
TE POU TAIRANGA TE MĀNGAI PĀHO Pitch Winner
RECIPIENT: Moemoe Mohoawhenua
TE POU TŪHOTO MĀORI TELEVISION TREATY PARTNERSHIP AWARD For his unerring support and discerning ears.
RECIPIENT: Dick Reade
TE POU TAKITAKI PARK ROAD POST Post Production Package:
RECIPIENT: Announcement only
TE POU TATAU POUNAMU NZ PEACE FOUNDATION AWARD For their contribution to peace and aroha.
RECIPIENT: Kim Webby & Christina Milligan & Roger Grant– ‘The Price of Peace’
TE POU MAROHI NGĀ AHO WHAKAARI MELISSA WIKAIRE MEMORIAL AWARD - For her tenacity and strength in bringing our stories to the screen.
RECIPIENT: Briar Grace-Smith
TE POU IHIIHI TE PUNI KŌKIRI AWARD For Contribution To Te Reo Māori & The Development Of The Māori Screen Industry
RECIPIENT: Derek Fox
Ngā Aho Whakaari is the national representative body for Māori working in screen production including film, television, digital and gaming in New Zealand. Members range from actors, directors and independent production companies to presenters, producers, technicians, writers and broadcasting students and educators.
The New Zealand Film Commission also announced the 2017 Ramai Hayward Scholarship - a $50,000 fund to help two Māori women directors develop feature film projects over the coming year.
The ceremony capped off a two-day hui held at Waipapa Marae in Auckland.