Hokimoana Te Rika Hekerangi – Honoured for Lifetime Contribution to Māori Art – 10 September 2016
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. Also included in the highly acclaimed list of recipients was Tawharangi MWWL branch member Hokimoana Te Rika Hekerangi from Ruatahuna.
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.
Hokimoana’s award was for Lifetime of Service to Maori Arts category, Nga Tohu a Ta Ihaka, In recognition of a lifetime contribution to Nga Toi Maori and strengthening Maori culture.
We congratulate Hokimoana on recognition of an outstanding contribution and leadership.