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Māori language champions celebrated at national awards

Spark and the Te Aka Māori Dictionary have won the 2018 Supreme Māori Language Award.

The award is for their work on the free ‘Kupu’ app which allows people to point their phone at an object and generate the relevant Māori word.

36 finalists were selected from more than 150 nominations, the highest number received since the awards began in 2004. 400 people attended the awards ceremony at Te Papa tonight.

Professor Whatarangi Winiata of Ngāti Raukawa was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award. Professor Winiata was a leader of the Generation 2000 project begun in 1975 aimed at language and culture revitalisation among Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa and Te Atiawa. The Chair of the Commission, Professor Rawinia Higgins, said his achievement in leading Whakatipuranga 2000 proved once and for all that revitalisation is possible at the iwi and community level.

“Professor Winiata also showed the importance of skills in finance, planning and resource management building confidence among funders and partners”.

Māori Language Commission Chief Executive Ngahiwi Apanui says Spark’s achievement with Te Aka illustrates the growing interest of the corporate sector in the Māori language with several other major companies competing for awards. Nothing says “I’m a New Zealander” more than te reo Māori and many companies are realising the potential of te reo Māori for business success while also contributing greatly to revitalisation.

“This year’s theme was ‘Kia kaha te reo Māori’: ‘May the Māori language be strong’. This year’s awards show that yes, it is strong!”.

Winners

Iwi
The winner of the Iwi award is Muriwai Maggie Jones
The Iwi award is proudly sponsored by Māori Television

Whānau
The winner of the Whānau award is Oti te Nanekoti by Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga
The Whānau award is proudly sponsored by Te Papa

Rangatahi | Youth
The winner of the Youth award is Māori Television Giphy Channel by Fly
The Youth award is proudly sponsored by Vodafone

Takitahi | Individual  
The winner of the Individual award is Mike Hollings
The Individual award is proudly sponsored by Creative New Zealand

Mātauranga – Kaupapa Māori | Education – Māori Medium        
The winner of the Education – Māori Medium award is Taringa Punua Pāoho by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
The Education – Māori Medium award is proudly sponsored by the Ministry of Education

Mātauranga – Whānui | Education – Open 
The winner of the Education – Open award is Mahuru Māori - Fortnite by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
The Education – Open award is proudly sponsored by the Ministry of Education

Kāwanatanga | Government
The winner of the Government award is Te Amorangi ki mua, Te Hāpai Ō ki muri by Rotorua Lakes Council
The Government award is proudly sponsored by Te Puni Kōkiri

Pakihi | Business       
The winner of the Business award is Te Mātāpuna by Fonterra
The Business award is proudly sponsored by Vodafone

Te Mahi Toi, Te Mahi Whakangahau | Arts and Entertainment     
The winner of the Arts and Entertainment award is Oti te Nanekoti by Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga
The Arts and Entertainment award is proudly sponsored by Te Matatini

Ngā Mahi Pāpāho | Broadcasting and Media         
The winner of the Broadcasting and Media award is Sky TV - Tiki Towns
The Broadcasting and Media award is proudly sponsored by Te Māngai Pāhō

Ngā Hapori Māori | Māori Community        
The winner of the Māori Community award is Dr Te Taku Parai
The Māori Community award is proudly sponsored by Te Puni Kōkiri

Aotearoatanga | New Zealand Community
The winner of the New Zealand Community award is Kōrero Māori by Te Hiku Media
The New Zealand Community award is proudly sponsored by the Ministry for Culture & Heritage

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week    
The winner of the Māori Language Week award is Kupu App by Spark & Te Aka Māori Dictionary
The Te Wiki o te Reo Māori award is proudly sponsored by Māori Television

Te Tohu Huia te Reo | Supreme       
The winner of the Supreme Award is Kupu App by Spark & Te Aka Māori Dictionary
The Supreme award is proudly sponsored by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Ngā Tohu Kairangi | Special Commendations          
The winners of the Special Commendation Awards are:

  1.  #1miriona – Te Māngai Pāho
  2.  Hīkoi Reo Māori Whangārei – Te Kura Taitamawāhine o Whangārei
  3.  Guyon Espiner – Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa
  4.  Fush Uka - Anton Matthews
  5.  Te Tauihu – Te Kaunihera o Pōneke

The Special Commendation Awards are proudly sponsored by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

Te Tohu Oranga Angitu | Lifetime Achievement     
The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award is Ahorangi Whatarangi Winiata
The Lifetime Achievement award is proudly sponsored by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

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