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Māori language champions to be celebrated at national awards

Pānui Pāpāho | News Release

6 Whiringa-ā-rangi | November 2017

(English translation below| Kei raro nei te whakapākehātanga)

Ka whakanuia ngā toa reo Māori ki ngā tohu o te motu

Ko te kaitirikohu waehere ki te reo Māori, ko te tangata whakatū wānanga mō ngā ritenga ture reorua i roto i ngā tau, ko te tangata kua whakapau tautini i ōna kaha ki te whakaora i te reo Māori, koia nei ētahi o ngā whakahirahira kua eke ki ngā whiringa toa o te tekau mā whā o Ngā Tohu Reo Māori a Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori kua pānuitia i te rā nei.

E rua tekau mā toru ngā kaiwhakataetae whiringa toa mai i ngā kaiwhakauru 100 koni atu – ko te tokomaha rawa tēnei mai anō i te tīmatanga o ngā tohu i te tau 2004. Ko te hui whakahōnore ka taurimahia e Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori i tēnei tau, ka tū ki Te Papa ā te 24 o Whiringa-ā-rangi.

E ai ki te Tumuaki o Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, a Ngahiwi Apanui, kua eke taumata anō ngā kaiwhakauru mō te hiranga me te kounga o te reo Māori. “He kaupapa nui ngā tohu nei ki te maramataka mō te reo Māori; i tua atu i te whakanui i ngā kaupapa i kawea i te tau, he wāhi hoki ki te whakanui i te hunga e roa ana tō rātou ū ki te whakarauora i te reo Māori.”

Ko ngā karangatanga whakataetae i tēnei tau, ko ngā tohu mō ngā tāngata takitahi, mō ngā rōpū anō hoki, i roto i ngā mahi toi me ngā mahi whakangahau, ngā whare mātauranga, te ao pakihi, tae atu ki ngā tāngata me te mahi pāpāho.

Māori language champions to be celebrated at national awards

People who bungy jump in te reo Māori, others who give seminars on bilingual legal traditions and people who have given a lifetime to the revitalisation of te reo Māori are among the finalists in the Māori Language Commission’s 14th Ngā Tohu Reo Māori, the National Māori Language Awards, have been announced.

Twenty-three finalists have been selected from more than 100 nominations, the highest number received since the awards began in 2004. This year’s ceremony to be hosted by the Commission and will be held at Te Papa on 24 November.

Māori Language Commission Chief Executive Ngahiwi Apanui says 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, business, media and broadcasting.

Full release with finalists: Pnui_Ppho_as_released_6.11.2017.pdf

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