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Kōpere Ake - 2023 Recipients


Max Currie

Featuring two songs per episode, musical tragicomedy FAT HOT MESS follows gruff, overly sensitive 41yo Martin as he struggles to rebuild his confidence when a cataclysmic breakup leaves him living back home with his mother, severely allergic to everything digital, fat - and still gay. Undermining him at every turn is Martin’s inner thought track come inexplicably to wise-cracking life: a stuffed, emotional support toy called WAYNE.


Lani-Rain Feltham (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao) & Gregory David King (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu ki Whaingaroa)

When a young Māori man, Tai, is thrown into solitary, blood mingles with dirt, and he is swept back into a heart-stirring time when Māori fought for their very survival against the British colonial forces. Living between the past and the present, Tai must reclaim his mana (power) or perish in a twenty-first-century prison.

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