25 Nov 2011

Annie Crummer and smoke painter among winners at national Arts Pasifika Awards

12:01 pm on 25 November 2011

A pop singer and an artist who paints with smoke are among the winners of this year's Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards.

The annual awards were handed out in Wellington last night before an audience of 200 Pacific artists, musicians, diplomats and politicians.

This year's supreme accolade of the senior arts award went to the singer Annie Crummer, for her musical achievements over three decades.

The emerging Pacific artist award has gone to Kulimoe'anga Stone Maka, who paints using the traditional Tongan techniques of smoking mats.

The Samoan multimedia artist Janet Lilo won the contemporary award, while the heritage award went to the Tokelauan weaver Kalameli Ihaia-Alefosio.

And young soprano Marlena Devoe received the Iosefa Enari Memorial Award for opera.