Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2020

Every person who took part in this year’s historic Māori Language Moment is a joint winner of the Supreme 2020 Māori Language Award.

“More than one million people joined us during Māori Language Week to take part in what is now the biggest Māori language event in history. Each of them is now a Ngā Tohu Reo Māori Award winner,” said Ngahiwi Apanui, Māori Language Commission chief executive.

“There are no losers when it comes to learning and speaking te reo Māori; this year we celebrate more than one million language champions from across Aotearoa and around the world.”

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Upper Hutt School
recognised for being top recruiters

Upper Hutt School was awarded the heitiki lamp for being the top recruiting organisation for Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori 2020.

“Māori Language Moment was a big deal for our school as it was the first time we had taught our school haka on a large scale. Prior to this it was only taught to our senior students. It was fantastic to see seniors practising tuakana-teina with our juniors in order to teach kupu and actions. The pride that our seniors felt when seeing their junior buddies performing the haka was heart-warming. To be able to perform as a whole school under our oak tree, which is a significant part of our school, was amazing. To be able to share this experience with our whānau and community, was even better. We had parents talking about how their children practised with enthusiasm at home and took every opportunity to perform in front of family,” says kaikako Shanice.

This year, Upper Hutt School has joined a number of schools in the Kura Ahurea programme, which assists schools in building a progression of knowledge surrounding sentence structures, tikanga and Māori creation stories. This programme has enabled teachers a starting point to build their knowledge alongside students, and from this, tamariki are beginning to form and understand simple sentences.

“It has been a great opportunity to kōrero and collaborate with other kaiako and schools that are on the same learning journey,” says Shanice.

Over the past two years, Upper Hutt School students have also been increasing their knowledge of phrases through the creation of weekly kīwaha videos, which are then shared with whānau as a way of celebrating and reinforcing the use of reo at home.

Highlights from Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori 2020

Over 6 thousand people from schools, businesses, communities, whānau and individuals shared their moments to our wall.
See some of our highlighted moments below.

Kura Schools

VLN Primary School

We are pleased to recognise VLN Primary School for having a standout moment during this year’s Wā Tuku Reo Māori for their inspiring display of kotahitanga. Joining them for their ‘Online Rumaki’ were approximately 4000 tamariki from 77 kura across Aotearoa, sharing in karanga, karakia, waiata and kōrero. Their moment was led by students across the kura and was later distributed as a resource for more kura to enjoy and use throughout the year.

"We see there is a great need in our schools to provide opportunities to learn te reo Māori and to increase the number of confident te reo speakers. We work with schools to provide these opportunities online. Te reo Māori and Kapa Haka are our most popular classes. We want to raise the profile of learning online and get support for more schools to access our expertise and grow their confidence and capability in te reo me tikanga Māori."

Pakihi Businesses & Organisations

Sky City

This year the SkyCity rōpū lit up the Sky Tower with the Hei Tiki to show their support for te reo Māori. This set a monumental example to the rest of the country – kua takoto te mānuka! While the outside was lit up all week, at 12pm on 14 September, SkyCity hosted a Zui for all their staff to participate in kēmu and kōrero to celebrate the Māori Language Moment.

We are pleased to recognise SkyCity for having a standout moment during this year’s Wā Tuku Reo Māori.

Hapori Community & whānau

Ōtaki Waka Hoe

"I tuku i te waka o te reo ki te aumoana o Parirua. He whakarewatanga o te rauemi reo - Waka Reo ki te Aumoana. I reira ka whakatauira i ngā kupu me ngā kianga kua āta wānangahia e mātou ko tō te mātanga reo a Hēni Jacob."

Ōtaki Waka Hoe worked with mātanga reo, Hēni Jacob, to research and develop kupu and phrases for waka ama communities to use while out on the water. For their Māori Language Moment they took to the waters to launch their new language resource 'Waka Reo ki te Aumoana'.

This rauemi is another step in to normalising and encouraging the use of te reo Māori in our everyday lives. We are pleased to recognise Ōtaki Waka Hoe for having a standout moment during this year's Wā Tuku Reo Māori. Hoea te reo!

Takitahi Individuals

Kathryn Ruge

"In conjunction with PRINZ, I created this short clip to encourage people to overcome their fear of failure and take the next step, however small, in their te reo journey."

We recognise Kathryn Ruge for the video she shared for Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori, encouraging others to give it a go. She is open about her journey - for 8 years she has been learning - and shares her experience trying again and again to learn te reo Māori through different methods. In Kathryn's words "take a small step today - however small".