2011 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards
Nominated (posthumously) for Best Director - Television Documentary: for Saving Grace - Te Whakarauora Tangata 

2010 Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
For Services to the Film Industry

2010 National Geographic All Roads Festival
Merata Mita Award (an annual award recognising a 'Legacy of Outstanding Storytelling', established in Mita's honour)

2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Nominated for Best Children's Feature Film (with Ainsley Gardiner, Cliff Curtis and Emanuel Michael): Boy

2009 Creative New Zealand Te Waka Toi Awards (Māori Arts Awards)
Te Tohu Toi Ke Award (Making a Difference award): for her outstanding contribution to Māori film and documentary making

2000 Taos Talking Pictures Film Festival (United States)
Taos Mountain Award

1999 Hawaii Music Awards
Music Video of the Year: Waka, for Che Fu

1996 Robert Flaherty Foundation (United States)
Leo Dratfield Lifetime Achievement Award for Documentary

1989 Rimini Film Festival (Italy)
Best Film: Mauri

1983 Amiens International Film Festival (France)
MRAP Award: Patu!