Film director and actor Taika Waititi has been named New Zealander of the Year.
Waititi's recent film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, was the largest grossing New Zealand film at the New Zealand box office ever.
Waititi was unable to accept the award in person at the awards ceremony last night, as he is currently directing the Marvel superhero film Thor in Los Angeles.
The awards' chief judge said the award was in recognition of Waititi's international showcasing of New Zealand.
He said Waititi was a special talent and a thoroughly worthy recipient of this year's supreme award.
Waititi is a familiar sight on New Zealand and international screens, after parts on Flight of the Conchords, Green Lantern and Scarfies. He has frequently acted on films he has directed, including Eagle vs Shark, Boy and What We Do in the Shadows.
The other category winners were refugee advocate Rez Gardi, the former Royal New Zealand Ballet and New Zealand Festival manager Sue Paterson and medical scientist Ed Gane.