Our Media Grants fellows

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The recipients below were awarded a Grant to undertake creative and media-based mahi illuminating the experiences of people living with mental distress.


Hamish Oakley-Browne

for Open Books, an art exhibition and short film questioning what recovery means to different people.

Tasha Impey for Not a blanket approach, a video series featuring six Kiwis sharing stories of their trials and triumphs with mental distress. Shared on TVNZ’s social media channel RE:, the series demonstrates why there’s not a ‘blanket approach’ to living through the tough stuff.
Jehan Casinader

for The Inside Word, a six-part panel show for TVNZ Duke. Each week, Jehan interviewed three guests about topics such as cyber-bullying or body image, leading to raw, honest and compelling stories about their mental distress experiences.

Indira Stewart for Together Alone, a multimedia project for Radio NZ on why so many Pasifika people live with psychological distress – and why so few seek help.


REcollective Theatre Company

for deVine, a stage play exploring one whānau’s three-generation-long tensions and experiences with mental distress. The play cast New Zealand actresses Romy Hooper, Cian Elyse White and Esmee Myers to perform lead roles, and was performed in Whāngārei,Kaitaia and Kerikeri.

Tess McClure for Making a truce with the voices in your head, a journalistic piece exploring how people who hear voices are reclaiming autonomy and fighting prejudice together. The piece was published in Vice and won the MHS’ Mental Health Journalism award.
Katie Kenny and Laura Walters

for Through the Maze, a stuff.co.nz feature series looking at the 150-year evolution of New Zealand's mental health system from big institutions, where people were kept "out of sight, out of mind", to today's community care model with an increasing focus on resilience and mental wellness.

Mike Wesley-Smith for Perpetrators or Patients, a three-part series for TV3’s The Nation investigating experiences of mental distress in New Zealand’s criminal justice system.


Rachel Ross 

for Have you tried, maybe, not worrying, a short film which encourages openness and discussion around the experience of anxiety. The film aims to reduce prejudice and discredits misconceptions that you can ‘will’ anxiety away or ‘conquer’ it by eating, sleeping and exercising.

Rob Mokaraka (writer and actor) for Shot Bro: Confessions of a depressed bullet, a one-man show about his highly-publicised police encounter outside his home in 2009. Described as a “serious black comedy about a real fight with depression”, its inaugural season ran over four nights in Whāngārei and has since debuted in Wellington’s Kia Mau Festival and Wainuimata by special request.
Yvonne O’Hara

for Down on the Farm: Rural families and mental health in the South, a four-page rural resource delivered to 38,500 rural families. 

Kim Vinnel for Mental illness in the workplace and Protecting our mental health at work, a project which aired on TV3's Story and featured blogs from musician Ben Read, mindfulness trainer Stephen Archer and psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald. 


See our journalism grant recipients and projects between 2010-2014 here.

Between 2007 and 2010, the following recipients were awarded a Media Grant:
- 2010 Dylan Keys, Aaron Smale, Georgie Tutt, Helena Chan, Rob Mokaraka and Patricia Deavoll
- 2009 Michelanne Foster, Gareth Watkins, Yvonne O’Hara, Sam RB, Stephen McCurdy and Graham Bishop
- 2008 Karlo Mila, Jenn Shelton, Kristian Lomath, Amanda Cropp and The Silk Tent Company
- 2007 Jessica La Bas, Jo Randerson, Halina Ogonowksa-Coates and Debbie Hager.

Read more about some of these recipients’ creative and journalistic projects.

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