Five new Icons — 02.08.13

The Arts Foundation is proud to be able to honour Icon Award recipients: Ian Athfield, Jacqueline Fahey, Geoff Murphy, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and r Dr Cliff Whiting.

Congratulations to five of New Zealand's most acclaimed artists who have  been honoured for their extraordinary artistic achievements at the Arts Foundation's Icon Awards.

The Icon Award recipients were announced at Government House in Wellington at a ceremony hosted by His Excellency, Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General of New Zealand and Patron of the Arts Foundation.


Ian Athfield is the founding principal of Athfield Architects Limited.   He is one of New Zealand's pre-eminent architects, the recipient of over 100 design awards and the subject of a number of books, magazine articles, films and a recent exhibition.  In 2004 ‘Ath' was the recipient of the New Zealand Institute of Architects's  (NZIA) highest honour, the Gold Medal, and from 2006-2008 he served as President of the NZIA. 


Jacqueline Fahey is a trail-blazing Auckland writer and artist known for her paintings of domestic and suburban life.  She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows throughout her career and represent New Zealand at the 1985 Sydney Perspecta.  Jacqueline is also a writer publishing one novel and two memoirs.


Geoff Murphy (Filmmaker) has made an outstanding legacy to New Zealand filmmaking, making his name with the classic and road-movie Goodbye Pork Pie followed by Utu  (re-released in digital in 2013) and The Quiet Earth, another Kiwi classic .  During the 80's and 90's he worked largely in America as a Hollywood director returnibng to New Zealand as second unit director on all three movies of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.


Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has grown from a six-year-old singing on a Gisborne radio station, while standing on a chair, to one of the most famous and most honoured sopranos in recent musical history. In a front-rank career of over forty years, she has been honoured by the Queen, by Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the British Recording Industry and was recently named Iconic New Zealander of the Year at the Kea World Class New Zealand Awards.


Dr Cliff Whiting has made an outstanding contribution to New Zealand Arts and Culture over a career spanning more than fifty years, in the fields of art education, art administration, marae building and renovation, and as an individual artist. Cliff has served on numerous national arts committees.  He was the first Kaihautū of Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand.