Dr Richard Nunns and the late Dr Hirini Melbourne: were joint recipients of the Lifetime Contribution to Māori Music Award.
Te More (Whirimako Black and Richard Nunns) was a finalist in the Best Māori Album category of the 2012 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Best Classical Album in the New Zealand Music Awards
The New Zealand String Quartet CD, Notes from a Journey, which includes He Poroporoaki composed by Gareth Farr and Richard Nunns, won the Best Classical Album in the New Zealand Music Awards.
The Constance Scott Kirkcaldie Award for Outstanding Composer of Music in The Chapman Tripp Awards for Hear to See a Capital E production.
In November 2009 Richard was honoured with the awarding of an Arts Foundation Laureate. The ceremony took place in Auckland, and Moana Maniopoto was the presenter of the award to Richard. He was one of 5 recipients.
Richard Nunns and instrument maker Brian Flintoff received Queen’s Service Medals in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday honours list.
“It has been a fascinating challenge to discover music and instruments which only existed in distant memory.” Richard Nunns
“You can see the recognition of these instruments in the laughter and tears of the elders who hear this music and remember their sound.” Brian Flintoff
Doctorate of Music honoris causa, from Victoria University of Wellington, 2008
- 2011 The NZSQ CD Notes from a Journey, which includes He Poroporoaki composed by Gareth Farr and Richard Nunns, won the Best Classical Album in the New Zealand Music Awards
- 2007 :: Te Whaiao
Te Whaiao: Te Ku Te Whe Remixed won the Tui award for the best Māori album in the New Zealand Music Awards 2007
- 2006 :: Spirit of the Land,
won best classical album New Zealand Music Awards 2006
- 2006 :: He Ara Pūoro was commended as a finalist in 2006 Media Peace Awards.
- 2005 :: Te Hekenga-a-rangi, finalist in the New Zealand Music Awards 2005
- 2002 :: Te Ku Te Whe gained gold status