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Ngāti Kahungunu honours language revitalization champions

Media Release 13 July 2017 

Ngāti Kahungunu honours language revitalization champions


Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated is proud to announce the winners for this year’s Ngāti Kahungunu Māori Language Awards. Nominations closed on 30 June 2017, and were judged by an independent panel of three.

The three judges, Brian Morris, Olley Kaimoana and Ngatai Huata wished to acknowledge the very high calibre of all nominations received making it a very arduous task to select the winners of each of the twelve categories.

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated was thrilled with the high number of nominations received. Director of Te Reo & Tikanga, Jeremy MacLeod commented, “This is our way of acknowledging those who have dedicated their lives to the revitalization of te reo Māori within Ngāti Kahungunu. It is a great way of saluting their commitment and showcasing these inspirational language leaders”.

Chairman, Ngahiwi Tomoana also commented, “This is also an opportunity to posthumously acknowledge two language advocates that are no longer with us. This year we will celebrate the language revival efforts of the late Tamihana Tuhi, of Ngāti Hinemanu and Ngāti Upokoiri whose life was tragically cut short earlier this year. We will also honour the late Aunty Hana Cotter, who dedicated her life to the revitalization of the language within Ngāti Kahungunu and the nation”.

The winners of each category are as follows:

1. Te Hapori Whānui (Community)
Hastings Fire Brigade

2. Te Whānau Whakaihuwaka (Inter-generational)
Louise Whaanga

3. Te Tira Hou o Te Reo Māori (Rangatahi)
Raukura Tiopira

4. Te Manu Pāpāho (Broadcasting)
Aaron Munro

5. Te Kete Aronui o Ngā Toi (Arts)
Ngatai Huata

6. Te Ahorangi o Te Kupu (Teacher)
Cordry Huata

7. Te Tahito o Te Reo Māori (Kaumātua) – Male and Female
Tiwana Aranui & Ngahuia Matairangi

8. Te Kaikōkiri o Te Reo Māori (Marae) 
Tāngoio Marae

9. Te Kahukura o Te Reo (Wahine)
Rehia Hanara

10. Te Āwhiorangi o Te Reo (Tāne)
Sir Pita Sharples

11. Te Kuru Pounamu o Te Reo Māori (Kuia - posthumous)
Hana Cotter

12. Te Kuru Pounamu o Te Reo Māori (Koroua - posthumous)
Tamihana Tuhi

The Ngā Tohu Reo o Ngāti Kahungunu 2017 will be held at Clubs Hastings, Victoria Street, Hastings on Friday 25 August 2017. Tickets are $80.00 which includes a three course meal and entertainment. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

Ngāti Kahungunu also wishes to thank the many sponsors who made this event possible, me i kore ake koutou kua kore te kaupapa nei.

-        Clubs Hastings

-        Hawke’s Bay District Health Board

-        Health Hawke’s Bay

-        Heretaunga Tamatea Settlement Trust

-        Kahungunu Health Services

-        Māori Womens Welfare League

-        Maungaharuru Tangitū

-        Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated

-        Radio Kahungunu

-        Te Puni Kōkiri

-        Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga

-        Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori

-        Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

-        Te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Takitimu

-        Te Whare Takiura o Te Aho-a-Māui (EIT Hawke’s Bay)

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