It was an honour for Hinterland to sponsor the WIFT NZ 2024 Woman to Watch award which recognises a woman with an emerging body of work who shows potential to have a significant career in the industry.

Abba-Rose’s head-down commitment to producing creative products that bring joy to audiences is evident in her body of work, with films such as Hibiscus & Ruthless, Take Home Pay and Mama’s Music. Currently in preproduction on a documentary TV series We’ve Always Been Here, she is also the previous winner of the 2020 SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year award.

We would also like to commend the Woman to Watch award finalists for this year:
Angela Cudd
Mia-Marama Henry-Teirney
Morgan Leigh Stewart

Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu
Adorn the bird with feathers so it may soar

RACHEL ANTONY — A special thanks to Rachel Antony, CEO, Greenstone TV, who presented the award on behalf of Hinterland.

PATRICIA WATSON — Thank you to Patricia Watson and her team for your tireless work to provide a platform where women are acknowledged for their passion and commitment to the industry.