2019 Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
For Services to Film

2017 Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards (The Moas)
Services to Cinema Award

2017 New Zealand Television Awards
Nominated for Best Web Series (with Viv Kernick and Kirsty Griffin): Amy Street

2016 SPADA Screen Industry Awards (Screen Production and Development Association, New Zealand)
SPADA Industry Champion

2014 SWANZ Scriptwriter Awards (NZ Writers Guild)
Nominated for Best Television Drama Episode (with Dave Armstrong): Hope and Wire, episode five

2012 New Zealand Television Awards
Best Feature Or Drama Documentary (shared with Paula McTaggart): Strongman - The Tragedy

2010 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Nominated for Best Feature Film (with Sue Rogers and Nigel Hutchinson): Home By Christmas
Nominated for Best Director - Film: for Home By Christmas
Nominated for Best Screenplay - Film: for Home By Christmas

2006 Air New Zealand Screen Awards
Nominated for Best Director - Documentary: for Earthquake

2006 Qantas Television Awards
Nominated for Best Documentary: Earthquake

2005 New Zealand Screen Awards
Nominated for Best Director: for Perfect Strangers
Nominated for Best Screenplay: for Perfect Strangers 

2002 Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
For Services to Filmmaking 

2001 Arts Foundation Laureate Award

1999 Nokia New Zealand Film Awards
Nominated for Best Film (with Annie Goldson): Punitive Damage

1995 New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Best Film: War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us

1990 New Zealand Film Awards
Nominated for Best Director: for Ruby and Rata
Nominated for Best Film: Ruby and Rata