He mihi nui rawa atu ki a koe e te rangatira a Cliff Curtis.

Cliff Curtis has been acknowledged for his commitment to telling indigenous stories at Thursday night’s annual Kea World Class Awards, at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre.

The awards, established in 2003, recognise world-leading kiwis whose achievements are defining New Zealand’s image internationally. With almost 30 years in the screen industry Cliff is well placed to know how valuable and marketable indigenous storytelling is.

James Cameron, the director, recently talked about how he got advice from Cliff about incorporating a haka into his new Avatar movies.

Cliff Curtis is pictured at the World Class Kea Awards with Nick Hall from ATEED. (photo supplied).Titiro mai



Cliff  Curtis at the awards with his daughter Timaia, Ngā Aho Whakaari Chair Christina Asher and NAW Board Member, Michelle Bristow. (photo supplied). Watch Cliff as he explains how storytelling can be a form of activism. Titiro mai