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Melanie Rakena

Director/ Producer

2012 New Zealand Television Awards
Best Information Series: Global Radar
Nominated for Best Factual Series: Intrepid Journeys

2011 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards
Nominated for Best Information Programme: North, episode 6
Nominated for Best Observational Reality Series: Intrepid Journeys

2010 Qantas Film and Television Awards (New Zealand)
Best Director - Factual/Entertainment Programme: for South
Nominated for Best Information/Lifestyle Programme (with Marcus Lush): South

2007 Qantas Television Awards
Best Director, Non-Drama: for ICE, 'Misery' Episode

2007 SPADA Screen Industry Awards (Screen Production and Development Association, New Zealand)
Independent Producer of the Year (shared with Jane Andrews)

2006 Air New Zealand Screen Awards
Nominated for Best Documentary/Factual Series (with Marcus Lush): Off The Rails: A Love Story
Nominated for Best Director - Factual/Entertainment/Reality: for Off The Rails: A Love Story

2005 Qantas Television Awards
Best Director - Non-Drama: for Off The Rails: A Love Story
Information/Lifestyle Programme (shared with Marcus Lush): Off The Rails: A Love Story
Popular/Factual Unscripted Programme: Intrepid Journeys

2005 WIFT Awards (Women in Film and Television New Zealand)
Woman to Watch/Emerging Producer Award (shared with Jane Andrews): for Intrepid Journeys and Off the Rails