Finalists for the 2018 Matariki Awards have been announced.
The annual awards event recognise and celebrate Māori achievement across a range of disciplines.
It's an opportunity to acknowledge and honour those individuals and organisations whose passion, innovation and dedication are making a difference to our communities and our country.
From achievement in sports and academia through to contributions to arts and culture, the Matariki Awards aim to highlight and celebrate an outstanding commitment to Aotearoa and kaupapa Māori.
Each of the finalists across all categories demonstrates a high calibre of Māori success and accomplishment, helping to nurture and support the growth of the language and culture – both in Aotearoa and worldwide.
The finalists for this year are;
Te Whetū Maiangi Award For Young Achievers:
Te Ururangi Award for Education:
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito/ Fletcher Construction
Dr Melinda Webber
Te Waipuna a Rangi Award for Arts and Entertainment:
Te Tupu a Rangi Award for Health and Science:
Dr David Tipene-Leach
Dr Matire Harwood
Te Waitā Award for Sport:
Te Tupu a Nuku Award for Business and Innovation:
KONO NZ Limited
Animation Research Ltd (ARL)
Tai Tokerau Honey Ltd
Te Waitā Award for Te Reo and Tikanga:
Matewa Media Charitable Trust
Hiwa i Te Rangi Award for Community:
Diana and Mark Kopua