Māori Language Awards 2017
The National Māori Language Awards
The Māori Language Commission organises annual National Māori Language Awards to recognise and celebrate excellence and long term commitment to te reo Māori from individuals, groups and organisations throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. The event started in 2004.
TE TOHU HUIA TE REO | Supreme
This is the most prestigious national award for an individual or group for their contribution to the wellbeing of our country’s indigenous language. These are the heavy hitters who live and breathe te reo Māori and inspire others to do the same. The Aotearoa Te Reo Māori Champion of the Year will be selected from the 10 category award winners.
TE TOHU KAIRANGI | Special Commendation
For those who have not achieved first place in one of the other categories but who are thought by judges and Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori to deserve recognition in Ngā Tohu reo Māori this year.
TE TOHU ORANGA ANGITU | Lifetime Achievement
Nominations of those who have made major contributions to te reo Māori are sought from iwi, hapū, organisations and individuals. Each nomination will be recognised with an individual letter from the Tumuaki of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
TE PUNA REO | Corpus
The right words and terms are available for all circumstances; this includes improving te kounga o te reo – quality at all levels. Every year thousands of words enter the English and other world languages. The creation of new words and terms allowing its use in every area of life is important work for the revitalisation of te reo Māori. Building the quality of language used also comes under corpus.
TE KŌREROTANGA O TE REO | Use
A language is only alive when it is used – providing opportunities for use and the creation of new domains in which te reo Māori can be used is an essential part of revitalisation. ‘Use’ includes every occasion on which Māori is spoken, heard, read, or sung.
TE AKO I TE REO | Acquisition
People learn te reo Māori from others, as a mother tongue or in education – acquisition covers both and includes all forms of education, from kōhanga reo to through to the highest levels of tertiary education and from private learning to mass on-line education.
TE MĀRAMA PŪ KI TE WHAKAORA REO | Critical Awareness
People have critical awareness when they know te reo Māori is endangered and know their role in revitalisation. Te reo Māori will not be revitalised unless decision-makers in government, business and the voluntary sector become aware of the importance of action to promote te reo Māori and what they can do to help.
TE MANA O TE REO | Status
People value te reo Māori and recognise it as a key part of our national identity. Entries are sought for actions that are leading people to value and support the use of te reo Māori. We want to revitalise te reo Māori so that it is an everyday language and public prominence and use recognising its status as an official language is very important.