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New Zealand Arts Awards 2017

The Arts Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2017 New Zealand Arts Awards, with Niki Caro and Jemaine Clement the screen industry recipients on this year’s list. Both are named Laureates, pass go and collect $50,000.

Whale Rider director Caro’s recent The Zookeeper’s Wife has garnered plenty of positive reviews on its travels around the world. The director is set to rejoin Disney (for whom she directed McFarland) on a live-action version of Mulan. Disney released an animated, Angilcised and sanitised version of the Chinese tale in 1998.

Clement is best-known overseas for Flight of the Conchords, which was famously turned down by NZ commissioners before becoming a hit in the US for HBO. A longtime collaborator with Taika Waititi, Clement appeared in Eagle Vs Shark and co-starred in and co-directed the Sundance-premiered What We Do in The Shadows. Clement and Waititi’s spin-off from What We Do, TV show Paranormal Event Response Unit, was supported by NZ On Air.

Caro and Clement are two of five Laureates named this year. The Arts Foundation’s awards will honour 11 artists across various disciplines at a cermony next month,



2017 Laureate Award Recipients
Each Laureate Award includes a gift of $50,000
Niki Caro – Director, Filmmaker
Jemaine Clement – Actor, Writer, Comedian, Multi-Instrumentalist
Ross McCormack – Choreographer, Contemporary Dancer
Rob Ruha – Haka Soul Musician
Robin White – Painter, Print Maker

2017 New Generation Award Recipients
Each New Generation Award includes a gift of $25,000
Hera Lindsay Bird – Poet
Salina Fisher – Contemporary Classical Composer, Violinist
Tiffany Singh – Interdiscplinary Site Specific Installation Based Artist

Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award
This award includes a gift of $15,000
Donovan Bixley – Children’s Book Illustrator and Author

Marti Friedlander Photographic Award
This award includes a gift of $25,000
Roberta Thornley – Photographer

Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship
This fellowship includes a sum of $35,000 to cover expenses during the time in Menton, France
Carl Nixon – Novelist, Short Story Writer and Playwright

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