Māori Television among those recognised at Māori Language Awards

  • North Island: West Coast

Māori Television has received an award for Māori Language Week Champion while Air New Zealand picked up the Supreme Award at the Māori Language Awards in New Plymouth.

Māori Television CEO Paora Maxwell acknowledged all the finalists for their commitment to revitalising te reo Māori and commended the efforts of Radio New Zealand and Tūwharetoa FM for being finalists in the Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori category.

Air New Zealand won the business award and went on to be awarded the major Tohu Reo Māori – Huia Te Reo for its decade-long programme of integrating te reo Māori and Māori values into their workplace and interactions with customers.

Māori Language Commission Chair Wayne Ngata says Air New Zealand’s sustained efforts to increase their use of te reo impressed the judges: “Hearing ‘Kia ora’ and ‘Nau mai, haere mai ki Aotearoa’ on board and staff wearing the ‘waha tohu’ showing they can speak Māori are just two of the many ways Air New Zealand is taking te reo to new heights. Air New Zealand’s use of language planning to achieve results is an exemplar for other organisations”.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented to Dr Huirangi Waikerepuru. He has been a leader of the movement to revitalise te reo Māori since the 1970s, a long-time teacher of te reo Māori and is an expert in the Taranaki dialect.

Dr Ngata says the Māori Language landscape has changed dramatically in the years since Dr Waikerepuru began his work.

“We have seen the generation born at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th pass away. We have seen the overwhelming enthusiasm of the Māori people to revitalise the language with initiatives like kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa and community language planning and action. And we have seen, slowly at first, but with increasing determination, the Crown enter into a positive partnership for revitalisation.”

The awards honour excellence in the use of the Māori language.

Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2016 - Ko Ngā Toa

Māori Language Awards 2016 - Winners

 

 

Te Toa Reo Māori – Tohu Oranga Angitu (Lifetime Achievement)

Dr Huirangi Waikerepuru

Sponsor: Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

 

 

 

Te Toa Reo Māori – Kāwanatanga (Central Government)

Sponsor: Te Puni Kōkiri

Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa |NZQA

 

 

Te Toa Reo Māori – Pāpāhotanga (Broadcasting)

Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa

Sponsor: Te Māngai Pāho

RNZ

 

 

Te Toa Reo Māori – Hapori (Community)

Sponsor: Te Reo o Taranaki

Te Karaehe Kaumātua o Tīrau  

Tīrau Kaumātua Class

 

 

Te Toa Reo Māori – Mātauranga (Auraki) (English medium education) Sponsor: Ministry of Education

Te Reo Tuatahi - Raewyn Harrison

 

 

Te Toa Reo Māori – Pakihi (Business)

Ararau Rangi

Sponsor: FJ Services

Air New Zealand

 

 

Te Toa Reo Māori – Rangatahi (Youth)

Aaron Koopu

Sponsor: Vodafone

 

 

 

Te Toa Reo Māori – Pāpāho (Media)

Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa

Sponsor: Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

RNZ

 

 

Te Toa Reo Māori – Rorohiko/Auaha ( Digital/Innovation)

Kiwa Digital Ltd

Sponsor: Māori Television

 

 

 

Te Toa Reo Māori – Kaunihera ā-Rohe (Local Government)

Sponsor: Te Puni Kōkiri

Te Kaunihera ā-Rohe o te Tonga o Waikato | South Waikato District Council

 

 

Te Toa Reo Māori – Mātauranga (ā-Reo Māori)

(Māori Medium Education)

Te Mihinga Komene

Sponsor: Ministry of Education Te Tahūhū o Te Matauranga

 

 

 

Te Toa Reo Māori – Takitahi (Individual Achievement)

Manuel Springford

Sponsor: Te Reo o Taranaki

 

 

 

Te Toa Reo Māori – Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

Whakaata Māori

Sponsor: Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua

Māori Television

 

 

Te Toa Reo MāoriTe Tohu Kairangi  (Special Commendation)

Stacey Morrison

Sponsor: Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori

 

 

 

Te Toa Reo Māori – Mahi Toi me te Whakangahau

(Arts and Entertainment)

Te Rōpū Māori o Pātea

Sponsor: Te Matatini

Pātea Maori Club

 

 

Te Tohu reo Māori – Huia te Reo (Supreme Award)

Sponsor: Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

Ararau Rangi

Air New Zealand