Professor Lardelli gets Supreme Matariki Award

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Wellington, July 15, 2018

Well-known Maori artist Professor Ahorangi Derek Lardelli was honoured with the ‘Supreme Award’ at the Third Annual Maori Television Awards in Auckland.

Crown and Maori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis presented the Award.

Rongowhakaata Leader

Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta said that it was great to see a great artist and academic win the top award.

“It gives me great pleasure to see Professor Lardelli walk away with the Te Tohu Tikitiki o Matariki, as he has so successfully spanned the worlds of art and academia. He is not only one of the greatest tohunga tā moko in Aotearoa but he is a carver, a leading exponent in Kapa Haka, a composer and a researcher in Whakapapa,” she said.

Ms Mahuta said that the Renaissance man combines his art with a deep sense of public service as a member of the Waitangi Tribunal, trustee of the NZ Arts Foundation and Toi Māori Aotearoa.

Professor Lardelli is a leader of Rongowhakaata and Ngāti Porou.

He was a double winner as he shared Te Waipuna-ā-Rangi Award for Entertainment, with Kiwi actor and Hollywood star Rachel House.

“I believe his passion over the art of tā moko has been critical to its revival and its renewed cultural significance throughout Aotearoa,” Ms Mahuta.

Maori Television 2018 Matariki Awards Winners

Te Waipuna-a-Rangi Award for Arts and Entertainment: Winners: Rachel House and Professor Derek Lardelli; Graham Hoete aka Mr G.

Te WaitaAward for Sport: Winner: Portia Woodman; Jason Wynyard; Rieko Ioane

Te Whetū Maiangi Award for Young Achievers: Winner: Alien Weaponry Band; Shay Wright

Pania Newton.

Te Tupu-ā-Nuku Award for Business & Innovation: Winner: KONO NZ LP; Animation Research Ltd; Tai Tokerau Honey Ltd;

Te Tupu-ā-Rangi Award for Health & Science: Winner: Mike King, Dr David Tipene-Leach,

Dr Matire Harwood.

Te Ururangi Award for Education: Winner: Pem Bird, Dr Melinda Webber, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito with Fletcher Construction

Te Wait Award for Te Reo & Tikanga: Winner: Paraone Gloyne, Matewa Media Charitable Trust, Jeremy MacLeod.

Hiwa i te Rangi Award for Community: Winner: NZ Māori Wardens Association, Hikurangi Enterprises, Diana & Mark Kopua

Te Toi Ō Ngā Rangi Lifetime Achievement Award: Sir Timoti Karetu, Dame Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi, Dr Huirangi Waikerepuru, Professor Te Wharehuia Milroy, Professor Pou Temara

Te Tohu Tiketike o Matariki Supreme Award: Professor Derek Lardelli

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Photo Caption:

  1. Professor Derek Lardelli (RNZ Photo)
  2. Rachel House (Maori Television)
  3. Portia Woodman (All Blacks)
  4. Paraone Gloyne (Maori Television)
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