The Robin and Avril Winks Award honors the memory of Robin Winks, Roth Endowment founding Board member and Yale University history professor, and his New Zealander wife, Avril. Project support goes to a Fulbright scholar from New Zealand who is planning on pursuing graduate study in the United States.
This year’s Winks Award was granted to Ana Montgomery-Neutze, who is earning a Master’s degree in Social Documentary Film at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, one of the few institutions in New York City that offers such a program. After completing her studies, Ana aspires to be a New Zealand based documentary filmmaker, focusing on capturing the stories of the Māori, specifically those of her own iwi (tribe), Muaūpoko. Ana hopes that her filmmaking skills combined with her access to and deep cultural understanding of indigenous groups in New Zealand will enable her to tell their stories in a wholly unique and intimate way, reclaiming and preserving important aspects of their identity for future generations.
For her thesis, Ana plans on producing a film that explores connections between different groups of indigenous people and communicates the value of their unique forms of knowledge. Additionally, when she wrote to us to express how thrilled she is to have this opportunity, we were pleased to hear that, surprisingly, 17 of the 18 people in her class are women!
For a complete list of recipients of the Robin and Avril Winks Award, please consult New Zealand Project Alumni.