2022 Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureate receiving the Sir Roger Hall Theatre Practitioner Award
At 19, Hone became the youngest winner of the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award. Since then, he has had plays produced in South Africa, Britain, Hawaii, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Caledonia, as well as throughout New Zealand, with three plays being translated into French, Japanese and Russian.
In 2004, Hone, along with Mīria George, founded theatre and film production house Tawata Productions, producing the works of tangata whenua and tangata moana artists. He became a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his Services to Contemporary Māori Theatre in June 2009 and was awarded the New Zealand Writers Guild Mentors Award in 2013. In 2015, he became the founder and Artistic Director of Kia Mau Festival – a tangata whenua, tangata moana and international Indigenous multi arts platform based in Wellington. It is now seen as one of the most influential Indigenous arts festivals globally.
He had two films screened at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival - Born to Dance (Screenwriter) and Mahana (Executive Producer) and in 2017 he was awarded the Arts Category for Wellingtonian of the Year. Hone is the producer of numerous multi-award winning short films nationally and internationally, most recently fire in the water, fire in the sky by Mīria George in 2021. In 2022, he was awarded Te Tohu Tiketike from Taki Rua Productions in relation to the life of Taki Rua and the wider Māori Theatre Industry.
"Kia ora Koutou katoa. To be in the presence of such outstanding
artists and be considered one of them is an honour. To win an
award such as this as a theatre maker acknowledges all who
have brought the work to life. Theatre is a collective artform and
as a writer, director, producer, I am but one small part of that
larger beautiful being."