The Queen’s 90th birthday honours list included four nods for industry members, all of them women.
Finola Dwyer and Victoria Spackman are named Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit; Rahera Shortland and Maru Nihoniho were named Members of the Order.
UK-based Dwyer collected her second Oscar nomination earlier this year when Brooklyn was named among the Best Picture nominees. She’d previously been nominated with An Education.
Before moving to the UK in 1990 Dwyer worked here initially as an editor, and worked on features including Came A Hot Friday and The Quiet Earth. She also served on the board of the NZFC.
Spackman was honoured for services to theatre, film and television. The CE of Gibson Group for several years, Spackman was one of the team that bought out Dave Gibson when he was appointed as CEO at the NZFC. Spackman has been a board member of SPADA and Screenrights,
Nihoniho produced one of the world’s most successful serious games, mental health game Sparx. As a NZGDA Board member for many years she’s been a champion of Women in Games, Maori game developers and game development education. She’s the first person named in an Honours List for “services to the gaming industry”.
Shortland, was honoured for services to Māori, education and television, including her work as Director of Te Maunga Enterprises, which provides consultancy services and language programmes for Māori Television. She’s also been a member of Te Pūtahi Paoho, the Māori Television Electoral College.