2014 Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
For services to film

2013 Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards (The Moas)
Lifetime Achievement Award

2013 Arts Foundation
Arts Icon

1987 Listener Gofta Awards (New Zealand)       
Best Director - Film: for The Quiet Earth
Best Film: The Quiet Earth

1986 Madrid Film Festival
Best Director: for The Quiet Earth

1986 Fantafestival (Italy)
Best Director: for The Quiet Earth

1986 Fantasporto Film Festival (Portugal)
Nominated for Best Film: Utu

1983 Cannes Film Festival (France)
Official Selection (out of competition): Utu