Fred Graham

Icon Award for local icon

He’s been the recipient of many awards before, but Waiuku’s sculptor and carver Fred Graham has been awarded the highest accolade from the Arts Foundation. The Icon Award honours senior New Zealand artists for their extraordinary achievements. The artists are recognised as leaders in their fields. “It was quite a moving experience,” Fred said. The celebration took place at Government House […]

Franklin new year honours

The New Years Honours were released on December 30, with several Franklin and North Waikato residents being recognised by the Queen. Fred Graham, from Waiuku is now an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Maori art. He has been involved in New Zealand art since the 1950s and has contributed to the growth, development […]

New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori art

Congratulations to Fred Graham from Waiuku for being a recipient in the 2018 New Years Honours list – ONZM, To be Officers of the said Order: Fred Graham for services to Māori art. Mr Frederick Graham has been involved in New Zealand art since the 1950s and has contributed to the growth, development and promotion of Māori art throughout New Zealand and abroad. […]

Awards 2017

We have an incredible community, and 2017 has seen a haul of many awards that we should all be proud of. Here are a selection of just some of the prestigious acknowledgments made this year. 1. Terry Hatch received an Order of Merit for his service to horticulture and conservation. He has worked on local projects including planting pohutukawa and […]

Acclaimed sculptor wins Supreme Award

Acclaimed Waiuku sculptor Fred Graham has been awarded the Te Tohu Aroha mō Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu (Supreme Award) at the 2017 Te Waka Toi Awards for excellence in Māori Art. One of the most influential figures in Māori art over more than five decades, Fred Graham (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Tainui), started the Māori contemporary art movement in the […]


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