2007 Art Foundation
Icon Award

2005 Creative New Zealand Māori Arts Board Award

Te Waka Toi Award for "outstanding contribution to the development of Maori arts"

2003 New Zealand Film and TV Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award

2002 Hawaii International Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Fiction Feature: for The Māori Merchant of Venice

1995 Indigenous People's Film Festival (Canada)
Best Director: for Nga Puna: Koro's Hat

1992 New York Festival
Best Foreign Short Film: Don't Go Past With your Nose in the Air