Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Rakatahi Awards recognise Māori excellence

Rakatahi Awards recognise Māori excellence

Māori intermediate and secondary school students from around Canterbury were recognised for their outstanding achievements at CPIT’s annual Rakatahi Supreme Awards last Friday. Eleven students were presented awards for leadership, excellence in Te Reo Māori, sporting performance, academic excellence and commitment to Tikanga.

“CPIT is very proud and privileged to be able to recognise these students’ efforts. These extremely talented young people are successes in themselves, contributors to their communities and role models for their peers,” Chief Executive Kay Giles said.

Connor Taurapa Matthews of Christchurch Boy’s High School received the prestigious Rakatahi Supreme Award for Year 13 for his pursuit of musical excellence and his passion for Te Reo Māori. The achievements which led to his nomination include taking out Top Musician at the CPIT Jazz Quest this year and completing the equivalent of two years of study towards a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Canterbury while still at secondary school.

“I am very and happy that I can represent my school and my family in this way [at the Rakatahi awards],” he said.

Next year Matthews is looking forward to beginning a Bachelor of Musical Arts at CPIT where he has been accepted into Jazz School.

The supreme awards ceremony held at CPIT is the culmination of three preliminary Rakatahi ceremonies held throughout the year. Finalists are selected from nominated secondary students who have excelled in one of the following categories: Kanohi Kai Mātārae (Leadership), He Rau Tītapu (Excellence in Te Reo Māori), He Rei Puta (Excellence in Sports), Te Iti Kahuraki (Academic Excellence) and He Uruka Mau Tonu (Commitment to Māori values and Tikanga).

The awards have been run by CPIT through Te Puna Wānaka and the Centre for Māori and Pasifika Achievement (CMPA), with support from the CPIT Foundation, since 2006. CPIT’s vision of “whanau transformation through education” promotes individual Māori and Pasifika success through education as the key to wider social change and cultural empowerment.

Full list of Rakatahi Supreme Award recipients

Supreme winners

· Year 13: Connor Matthews from Christchurch Boys’ High School

· Year 11-12: Hayley Lee from Burnside High School

· Year 9-10: Laken Wairau from Christchurch Girls’ High School

· Year 7-8: Sapphire Wairau from Te Whānau Tahi

Finalists

· Jordyn Te Rahui-Hobbs from Geraldine High School

· Ngamata Te Whakahawea Christie from Burnside High School

· Jono Smythe from Burnside High School

· Tirangi Hine-i-te-Awatea Skerrett from Villa Maria College

· Aidan Marshall from Kaikoura High School

· Josephine Nicholas-McAnergney from Christchurch Girls’ High School

· Isabella Costigan from Opawa Primary

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

With Hunters & Collectors: The Rolling Stones Announce New Auckland Date

It’s the news New Zealand has been waiting for. The Rolling Stones today confirmed the rescheduled dates and venues for both the Australian and New Zealand legs of their highly anticipated ’14 On Fire’ tour. Now, Frontier Touring is also delighted ... More>>

ALSO:

Flying Things: Conchords, Pretties Help BATS Fly Home

The launch of BATS theatre’s fundraising campaign has taken off – with a bit of help from their friends. And with friends like theirs… An event last night hosted by Te Radar at Wellington’s latest waterfront venue, Shed 6, featured Fly My Pretties and, in a dream-come-true scenario, Flight of the Conchords. More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Zoo’s Own Wētā Workshop Produces Rare Giants For Release

Following unprecedented breeding and rearing success, Auckland Zoo is today releasing 150 of New Zealand’s largest giant wētā, the wētā punga, onto pest-free Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf. A further 150 will be released onto Tiritiri Matangi next month. More>>

Girls On Film: Divergent Hits The Big Screen

n January, Catching Fire (the second film in the Hunger Games series) not only became the biggest US box office success of 2013 : it also became the first film starring a female actor (ie. Jennifer Lawrence) to top the annual domestic earnings chart since The Exorcist, 40 years ago. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: No Travel Sanctions For Russian Billionaire’s Superyacht

On the same day that New Zealand announced travel sanctions against selected Russians, a Russian billionaire’s superyacht berthed in Wellington Harbour. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: UC Researchers Believe Robots Can Persuade People To Conform

A team of University of Canterbury (UC) researchers and scientists believe robots can persuade people to conform through group pressure... ``Our results showed that robots can induce conformity but to a significantly lesser degree than humans." More>>

NZ On Air: Local Content Holds Steady At 32% Of Television Schedules

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. More>>

Arts Fest: 2014 New Zealand Festival A Spectacular Celebration

The New Zealand Festival welcomed the world to Wellington over 24 days (21 Feb – 16 Mar) of arts events across the city. “[current figures show] slight increase on the 110,000 tickets issued in 2012. It’s a great result.” More>>

Opera: Happy 70th Birthday Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Our first lady of song who “feels more like at 15 year old” will celebrate her significant birthday on stage at Covent Garden tomorrow night (Friday morning NZT), performing in the Royal Opera House’s production of La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) as La Duchess de Crackentorp. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news