Exceptional Pacific artists recognised

posted: 4:00 pm - 30th October 2017
arts pasifika award 2017 recipients

The Creative NZ Awards for the Arts celebrate Pacific New Zealanders’ excellence in the arts.

Since 1996, the awards have recognised not only individual artistic achievement, but also the contributions of outstanding Pacific artists who have helped to make Pacific Islanders leaders in the cultural life of Aotearoa.

Recipients were selected from nominations reviewed and recommended by an advisory panel.

The value of the awards has increased since their inception, from $33,000 to $52,000.

The Ministry is supportive of the celebration to recognise excellence in Pacific artists across a range of artforms and across a range of stages in the artists’ careers.

Wellington-based, internationally acclaimed theatre director Nina Nawalowalo received the Senior Pacific Artist Award at this year’s award ceremony.

Other winners include Noma Sio-Faiumu (Special Recognition), Filipe Manu (Iosefa Enari Award), Kalisolaite Uhila (Contemporary), Lakiloko Keakea (Heritage), and Tupua Tigafua (Emerging Artist), representing a range of artforms from opera, to visual art, and traditional Pasifika handicrafts.

The Arts Pasifika Awards has been established to encourage and celebrate excellence in Pacific arts in New Zealand.

The Ministry congratulates the six fantastic recipients.

This year’s event celebration was held at St James Theatre, Wellington on Wednesday evening 25 October 2017.