Thursday, 19 Oct 2017

2017 arts laureates announced

The five recipients of the 2017 Arts Laureate Awards have been announced today, along with the three new generation award winners, and amongst them are two musicians who we are very proud to call APRA members: Rob Ruha (Arts Laureate), and Salina Fisher (New Generation Award winner). Congratulations!

Rob Ruha is one of New Zealand's most celebrated Maori songwriters, having created his own genre - haka soul - which melds together traditions of haka, waiata, and taonga puoro, with soul, R&B and roots reggae. He's deeply respected for his social commentary, and his enthusiasm for the New Zealand music community. He has won the APRA Maioha Award twice, the Best Maori Album NZ Music Award twice, and multiple Waiata Maori Music Awards.

Salina Fisher is an undeniable new force in the contemporary classical world. Having just won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award at the Silver Scrolls for the second year running, the 24 year old is currently studying at the renowned Manhattan School of Music in New York. Her compositions are beautiful explorations, often drawing on the sounds of traditional Japanese or Maori instruments, and have been performed across New Zealand, USA, UK, Germany, Australia, Malta, and China.

The Arts Laureate Awards, bestowed by the Arts Foundation, are prestigious and generous awards, with each Laureate receiving $50,000, and New Generation winners receiving $25,000. You cannot apply for the awards - the Arts Foundation assembles a different panel of individuals from the arts community each year to choose artists who have achieved the highest standards in their chosen fields and are committed to careers in the arts.

Here is the impressive list of Arts Laureate and New Generation award winners for 2017:


Robin White - painter and printmaker

Nikki Caro - director and film-maker

Ross McCormack - choreographer and dancer

Jemaine Clement - actor, writer, comedian, musician

Rob Ruha - songwriter and musician

New Generation:

Hera Lindsay Bird - writer and poet

Salina Fisher - composer

Tiffany Singh - contemporary installation artist


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