Briar Grace-Smith is of Ngā Puhi descent and is an award-winning writer of theatre, television, screenplays and short fiction. Her plays have travelled nationally and internationally and include Ngā Pou Wāhine, Purapurawhetū, When Sun and Moon Collide, and Haruru Mai.
Two of these have been produced as part of Atamira, Māori Televisions theatre series (2012).
Paniora! premiered at The Wellington International Festival of the Arts 2014.
Briar's first screenplay The Strength of Water (2009) premiered in Rotterdam and Berlin and Fresh Meat - a comedy horror - will premiere in New Zealand in 2012. Briar was an inaugural recipient of the Arts Foundation Laureate award (2000). In 2003 she was the writer in residence at Victoria University. She currently works as a Development Executive at the New Zealand Film Commission.