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Te Waka Toi honours Nancy Brunning

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The late actor, writer, director and producer Nancy Brunning was recognised for her contribution to Māori arts at this year’s Te Waka Toi Awards.

She received Te Tohu Kē a Te Waka Toi for significant, positive impact on the development and practice of Ngā Toi Māori, an award she was aware before her death last month.

Fellow actor Cliff Curtis told the awards ceremony in Rotorua on Saturday night Brunning was consistently kind, calm and clear in words and actions and held in her soul an artist’s love for humanity and for her people.

The Supreme Award went to sculptor Rex Homan from Te Rarawa, who over a thirty-year career is regarded as one of country’s finest wood-sculptors specialising in life like bird, flora and fauna works.

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