The year is almost over and, while we have celebrated the achievements of this year’s graduates already, our alumni continue to shine in their high-profile careers. In recent weeks, it seems you can hardly go for a day listening to RNZ without hearing from a Toi Whakaari graduate and newspapers, websites and awards ceremonies have been full of them too.
Let’s start with the Wellingtonian of the Year awards, announced this week at Te Papa. Two Toi Whakaari graduates were nominated in the Arts category with 1990 Acting grad Hone Kouka taking out the top honour pipping 1984 Acting grad Miranda Harcourt at the post. Hone was nominated for leading the Kia Mau Festival of Māori, Pasifika, International Indigenous Dance and Theatre.