1 Dec 2014
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The Creative New Zealand Te Waka Toi Awards, held at Te Papaiouru Marae in Rotorua over the weekend, celebrate the lives and successes of ngā toi Māori (Māori arts) practitioners and advocates, and serve as a springboard for emerging artists.
Established in 1986, the annual awards are the only national Māori arts awards that celebrate all artforms, with awards that recognise leadership, outstanding contribution, excellence and potential in ngā toi Māori.
Renowned Māori visual artist Sandy Adsett, MNZM, MMVA (Ngāti Pahauwera, Ngāti Kahungunu) has received the supreme award for exemplary contribution to ngā toi Māori, Te Tohu Aroha mō Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu. Mr Adsett is a painter with experience in carving, weaving, costume and stage design. His impressive influence and artwork can be seen in many community buildings from meeting houses, churches, art museums, government and corporate venues as well as private collections. Mr Adsett exhibits nationally and extensively throughout the Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, Canada and the United States.
Te Tohu Toi Kē has been awarded to the multi-talented Professor Derek Lardelli, ONZM (Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou) for making a positive difference to ngā toi Māori. Professor Lardelli is a tā moko artist, painter, carver, kapa haka performer, composer, graphic designer, researcher of whakapapa and oral histories, and kaikōrero.
Dr Apirana Tuahae Kaukapakapa Mahuika (Ngāti Porou) has been awarded Te Tohu Aroha mō Ngoingoi Kumeroa Pewhairangi. Dr Manuika’s passion for the promotion and protection of Ngāti Porou Taonga and Te Reo ake o Ngāti Porou is unrelenting. Among numerous other contributions and achievements, he was one of the founding lecturers in Te Reo Māori at Victoria University (along with his whanaunga Dr Te Kapunga Dewes) as well as the founding lecturer in Te Reo Māori at Massey University.
Kaumātua and kuia who have devoted their lives to strengthening Māori culture through their support of Māori arts were honoured with Ngā Tohu ā Tā Kingi Ihaka.
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