A stalwart of the Māori education and art sectors, Waana Morrell Davis was today laid to rest in her hometown of Whakatāne in Bay of Plenty. The 81-year-old of Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa descent and current chair of Toi Māori Aotearoa, died last week after a three-year battle with heart complications.
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Creative NZ is launching a new strategy to support Māori artists. The new initiative aims to further the growth of Māori art locally and internationally.
Creative NZ are calling on Māori artists and rangatahi to apply for funding for the Pacific Arts and Culture Festival. A delegation from Aotearoa is being organised to head over to the upcoming festival in Honolulu in June next year.
The first Māori writer to publish both a book of short stories and a novel will have another award added to his long list of accolades.