Briar Grace-Smith


Briar is of Ngā Puhi descent and is a writer of plays, screenplays, short fiction and television scripts. Her plays include Ngā Pou Wahine, When Sun & Moon Collide, Purapurawhetū, Haruru Mai and Paniora. She was an inaugural recipient of the Arts Foundation Laureate award in 2000, Writer in Residence at Victoria University in 2003 and recipient of the Melissa Wikaire Memorial Award in 2016. She has also worked as a Development Executive for the New Zealand Film Commission. Briar’s first feature film screenplay, The Strength of Water, premiered at Rotterdam and Berlin Film Festivals in 2009, winning best screenplay in 2010 at the New Zealand Writers Guild Awards. Briar is the writer and director of Charm, one of eight short films that make up the feature film Waru (to premiere in 2017).