June 06, 2022
Libby Hakaraia-Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours 2022
To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit:HAKARAIA, Ms Elizabeth Anne (Libby)
For services to the film and media industries
Ms Libby Hakaraia has worked in New Zealand’s broadcasting and media sector for more than 30 years, producing and directing current affairs programmes, documentaries, arts and entertainment programmes, and short and feature films.
In 2014 Ms Hakaraia launched the Māoriland Film Festival, which has grown to become the largest indigenous film festival in the southern hemisphere. In 2016 the Māoriland Charitable Trust began operating the Māoriland Hub, a multi-purpose cinema and arts space in Ōtaki. She is Executive Director of the Hub, responsible for all activities staged. The Trust runs the Te Uru Maire initiative for rangatahi, giving Māori youth access to tools and skills to create stories and connect with indigenous storytellers internationally. She is producer of NATIVE Slam, a 72-hour filmmaking challenge involving New Zealand and international indigenous filmmakers. Since 2016, 39 short films have been produced and screened at film festivals internationally. She has been a jury member at ImagineNATIVE, the world’s largest indigenous film festival in Toronto. She has screened her own short films at international festivals and was a producer of the successful New Zealand film ‘Cousins’ (2021). She has been an executive member of Screen Production and Development Association and Ngā Aho Whakaari. Ms Hakaraia has published three books on Matariki, the Māori new year.