icon_arrow-right icon_arrow-signup icon_arrowtop icon_chevron-signup icon_chevron icon_facebook icon_glass icon_plus icon_rss icon_twitter icon_x icon_youtube icon_instagram

Honouring contributions to Māori arts with 2016 Te Waka Toi Awards

10 Sep 2016

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .


Sign up to our News and blog feed
Sign up to our News and blog feed
Winners of awards at the 2016 Te Waka Toi Awards 2016.
From left: Cori Marsters, Professor Piri Sciascia, Te Kanawa Pitiroi, Hokimoana Te Rika Hekerangi, Keri Kaa (front), Mana Elizabeth (Liz) Hunkin, Patricia Grace, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, Te Kanawa Ngarotata.

Tohunga, artists and community leaders have been honoured for their contributions to preserving and helping to secure the future of high-quality ngā toi Māori (Māori arts) at the 2016 Creative New Zealand Te Waka Toi Awards.

The annual awards, held in Rotorua on Saturday 10 September, celebrate the lives and successes of Ngā Toi Māori practitioners and advocates, and serve as a springboard for emerging artists.

Acclaimed author Patricia Grace, Māori language expert and advocate Mana Elizabeth (Liz) Hunkin and lecturer and writer, Keri Kaa are among this year’s award recipients.

Established in 1986, the awards are the only national Māori arts awards that celebrate all artforms, recognising leadership, outstanding contribution, excellence and potential in Ngā Toi Māori.

See the photo album from the awards night.

Watch videos about the recipients.

Supreme award ­- Te Tohu Aroha mō Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu

In recognition of leadership, excellence and outstanding contribution to Ngā Toi Māori

Patricia Grace DCNZMPatricia Grace

Major New Zealand novelist, short story writer and children’s writer, Patricia Grace, is widely recognised as a key figure in the emergence of Māori fiction in English. Since the 1970s, her work, expressive of Māori consciousness and values, is distinguished also for the variety of Māori people and ways of life it portrays.

Making a difference to Māori arts - Te Tohu Toi Kē Waka Toi

In recognition of leadership and for making a significant, positive difference to the development and practice of Ngā Toi Māori

Hoturoa Barclay-KerrHoturoa Barclay-Kerr

The son of Wharetoroa and Ngarungatapu Kerr, Hoturoa Barclay­-Kerr has specialised in education and leadership programmes that use the waka as a platform for learning and development.  He has been sailing waka throughout the Pacific for 35 years.

Watch Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr's video on Youtube

Strengthening the Māori language - Te Tohu Aroha mō Ngoi Kumeroa Pewhairangi: “Whakarong, Titiro, Kōrero”

Recognising leadership and outstanding contribution to the promotion and strengthening of Te Reo Rangatira

Mana Elizabeth (Liz) HunkinMana Elizabeth (Liz) Hunkin.

Better known as Whaea Liz, Elizabeth Hunkin has made an outstanding contribution to the survival of te reo through her own passionate teaching and her determination to help others succeed in learning. Liz has extensive experience in Māori education at primary and tertiary levels.

Watch Mana Elizabeth (Liz) Hunkin's video on Youtube

Lifetimes of service to Māori arts - Ngā Tohu ā Tā Kingi Ihaka (four recipients)

In recognition of a lifetime contribution to Ngā Toi Māori and strengthening Māori culture

Te Kanawa PitiroiTe Kanawa Pitiroi

Te Kanawa Pitiroi is a respected kaumātua and educationalist from the Lake Taupō region. A tribal speaker and representative for Paramount Chief, Sir Tumu te Heuheu, Te Kanawa has extensive experience in Māori, iwi, and community education initiatives and is a respected elder of the Ngāti Tuwharetoa people of the Central Plateau

Watch Te Kanawa Pitiroi's video on Youtube

Keri Kaa CNZM

Kiri KaaRecently awarded for her services to Māori and the arts with a CNZM, Keri is a well-known and loved East Coast taonga. A Wellington Teachers College lecturer and a writer, associated with the artists and writers in the Herstory diary, Haeata, and Waiata Koa collectives she is now based in Rangitukia and teaches at the local wananga.

Watch Keri Kaa's video on Youtube

Professor Piri Sciascia ONZM

Piri SciasciaRecently retired Deputy Vice Chancellor Māori at Victoria University of Wellington, Professor Piri Sciascia has been involved in the conservation and promotion of Māori performing arts for more than 40 years - as a member of the Maori Theatre Trust world tour in 1970, and the founder of Tamatea Arikinui (Kahungunu’s oldest kapa haka) and also a performer, composer, tutor, advisor, and leader for the group.

Watch Professor Piri Sciascia's video on Youtube

Hokimoana Te Rika Hekerangi

A distinguished tribal leader and resident Te Papa kaumātua during the exhibition Tūhoe: Children of the mist, Hokimoana Te Rika-Hekerangi is a founding member of the Tawharangi Māori Women’s Welfare League. Her in-depth knowledge of tikanga and te reo Māori is renowned.

Watch Hokimoana Te Rika-Hekerangi's video on Youtube

Emerging Māori Artists ­­: Ngā Manu Pīrere

In recognition for achievement by a Young Māori Artist at an early career stage

Cori MarstersCori Marsters

A graduate of NZMACI Carving School – Pokairua in Whakairo Rakau in 2013,

Cori also won Iti Waewae – Emerging Māori Artist award in 2014. The Ngā Manu Pirere Grant will aid Cori’s research of Pōtae Taua (traditional Māori headdress).

Watch Cori's video on Youtube

Te Kanawa Ngarotata BMVATe Kanawa Ngarotata

Inspired by the world class calibre of his teachers at Eastern Institute of Technology, Bachelor Te Kanawa is looking forward to using his degree as a tool for his career as an artist.

Watch Te Kanawa's video on Youtube


Further information on award recipients available on request

For media enquiries, please contact:

Linda Niccol
Communications Adviser, Creative New Zealand
P 04 498 0727 | M+64 21 335 916 | Linda.Niccol@creativenz.govt.nz