Lorde has won the 2017 APRA Silver Scroll Award for her international hit song Green Light.

Ella Yelich O'Connor, along with her co-writers Jack Antonoff and Joel Little were unable to be at the ceremony held at the Dunedin Town Hall but said they were thrilled to win the award, which acknowledges excellence in songwriting.

Lorde, who is in America, sent a message saying she couldn't believe her win.

"I always love and respect the songs that end up in the Silver Scrolls. Thank you for honouring Green Light, which is a song I love so much, and am so proud of.

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"The second it came out, I knew it felt like a bit of my heart, right in the song. Thank you so much, I wish I was there!"

It's the third time Lorde has been a finalist, and her second win with co-writer Joel Little, after being awarded the trophy for Royals in 2013.

Thrash metal band Alien Weaponry won the APRA Maioha Award, recognising exceptional waiata featuring te reo Māori, for their anthem Raupatu. Photo/Topic Images
Thrash metal band Alien Weaponry won the APRA Maioha Award, recognising exceptional waiata featuring te reo Māori, for their anthem Raupatu. Photo/Topic Images

Newcomers Alien Weaponry (Henry de Jong, Lewis de Jong, and Ethan Trembath) took the esteemed APRA Maioha Award, recognising exceptional waiata featuring te reo Māori, for their heavy metal anthem Raupatu.

The song raises awareness of land confiscations by the colonial government.

Wellington composer and violinist Salina Fisher won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for the second year in a row, with her haunting composition 'Torino' which was inspired by the work of taonga puoro artist Rob Thorne.

First-time finalist Claire Cowan won the APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award for her rich and colourful soundtrack for mini-series Hillary, which celebrated the life of Sir Edmund Hillary.

The APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award was won by Tim Prebble for his emotive work on the independent film One Thousand Ropes.

Rounding off the evening was the induction of The Clean into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

THE WINNERS
APRA Silver Scroll Award:
Ella Yelich O'Connor, Jack Antonoff, Joel Little (Lorde) - Green Light

APRA Maioha Award:
Henry de Jong, Lewis de Jong, Ethan Trembath (Alien Weaponry) - Raupatu

SOUNZ Contemporary Award:
Salina Fisher - Torino

APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award:
Claire Cowan - Hillary

APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award:
Tim Prebble - One Thousand Ropes

NZ Music Hall of Fame:
The Clean - Hamish Kilgour, David Kilgour, Robert Scott, and Peter Gutteridge

Sky's Rialto Channel 39 will broadcast the awards on Saturday October 21 at 8.30pm.