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Māori language champions to be celebrated at national awards.

Finalists in 13 contestable categories of the Māori Language Commission’s annual Ngā Tohu Reo Māori, the National Māori Language Awards, have been announced.

Thirty eight finalists have been selected from more than 88 entries, the highest number received since the awards began in 2004. This year’s ceremony to be hosted by the Commission and Te Reo o Taranaki, will be held in New Plymouth on 11 November.

Māori Language Commission Chief Executive Ngahiwi Apanui says the entries have set a new benchmark for innovation and excellence in te reo Māori. “Each year the competition to be named a champion of te reo Māori gets tougher,” he says. This year’s finalists, many of whom have been past winners, and are finalists in more than one category, have built on previous experience to take te reo to new heights. “The awards are an important event in the Māori language calendar and as well as recognising initiatives and activities which took place during the year, are also an opportunity to acknowledge long-term commitment by individuals and groups to Māori language revitalisation.”

Categories this year include awards for individuals and groups, including arts and entertainment, educational institutions, businesses, radio and television broadcasters and individuals. No entries were received for the sports award.

Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2016

Ko Ngā Whiringa Toa - Finalists

Te Reo Māori Central Government Champion

Ministry of Justice

 

New Zealand Qualifications Authority

 

Callaghan Innovation

Te Reo Maori Broadcasting Champion

Stacey Morrison

 

Radio NZ

Te Reo Māori Community Champion

Commission for Financial Capability

 

Kaumātua Class Tirau

Tuwharetoa FM

Te Reo Māori English Education Champion

NZQA

 

Ngai Tauira

 

Raewyn Harrison

Te Reo Māori Business Champion

Whitebait Restaurant

 

CORE Education

 

Air New Zealand

Te Reo Māori Young Champion

Taini Drummond

 

Aaron Koopu

 

Ngāi Tauira

Te Reo Māori Media Champion

Stacey Morrison

 

Radio New Zealand

 

Commission for Financial Capability

Te Reo Māori Digital/Innovation Champion

Commission for Financial Capability

 

Kiwa Digital Ltd

 

Callaghan Innovation

Te Reo Māori Local Government Champion

Wayne Hastie (Operating as Metlink)

 

South Waikato District Council

 

Auckland Council Biosecurity Team

(Dr Imogen Bassett)

Te Reo Māori Education Māori Medium

Komene Cassidy

 

Te Mihinga Komene

 

New Zealand Qualifications Authority

Te Reo Māori Individual Champion

Carlin Shaw

 

Manuel Springford

 

Taini Drummond

Te Reo Māori Māori Language Week Champion

Radio New Zealand

 

Māori Television

 

Tuwharetoa FM

Te Reo Māori Arts & Entertainment Champion

Merita Waitoa-Paki & Tahu Paki

 

Patea Māori Club

 

Karam Fletcher

 

 

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