Annual awards that celebrate and recognise the artistic excellence, achievement and contribution of Māori artists working in customary and contemporary Māori arts.
There are five award categories.
Three awards are open for public nomination:
- Ngā Tohu Hautūtanga Auaha Toi - Making a Difference Award - recognises leadership and outstanding contribution to the development of new directions in ngā toi Māori - three recipients – Award amount $10,000
- Ngā Manu Pīrere - recognises an emerging Māori artist showing promise and potential in their chosen artform - three recipients - Award amount $10,000
- Te Tohu Iho Pūmanawa - recognises the contribution of a tāngata whaikaha, deaf or disabled Māori artist - one recipient - Award amount $10,000.
The two awards listed below are made by Creative New Zealand and are not open for public nomination:
- Te Tohu Aroha mō Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu | Exemplary/Supreme Award – one recipient - Award amount $25,000
- Ngā Tohu ā Tā Kingi Ihaka | Sir Kingi Ihaka Awards recognising lifetime contribution to ngā toi Māori – two recipients – Award amount $15,000.
$10,000 to $25,000