Albert Belz

Albert Belz (Ngati Porou, Nga Puhi, Ngati Pokai) born 1973, has been a professional writer for television, film and theatre since 2001.

His first script for theatre, Te Maunga, was performed in 2001 to critical acclaim. His next hugely successful play, Awhi Tapu, was nominated for several Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. In 2006 Yours Truly won Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards for Best New New Zealand Play, and Most Original Play amidst many other awards that year. Raising the Titanics toured New Zealand and won The New Zealand Listeners Best New New Zealand Play 2010.

His children’s play Maui Magic has entertained the masses at several children’s holiday programs across Auckland. Albert has worked with Red Leap Theatre as their Story Editor. He has been writer-in-residence at Waikato University and Victoria University of Wellington. In 2020 Albert was resident at Michael King Writers Centre, and in 2022 was resident at the Robert Lord Writer's Cottage.

His work has been produced throughout Aotearoa and in Australia.

Albert won the Adam NZ Play Award in 2023 for his play Hyperspace.