Te reo ringtone got audience talking
Tokoroa High School has been recognised for its ongoing commitment to raise awareness of Maori language use.
Tokoroa High School dean of Te Rito, Keinan Ngapo said the school is a finalist in the Raukawa Reo Awards and the national Huia Te Reo Awards.
‘‘We made it as a finalist in the education sector long term and the Maori Language Week category (Raukawa Reo awards),’’ he said.
‘‘Last year we didn’t even make it into the nationals. This year I submitted an entry for the Huia Te Reo Awards and we have been named a finalist in the Long Term Education category.’’
Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori ( The Maori Language Commission) will host Huia Te Reo, the organisation’s annual language conference at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre next month.
Huia Te Reo is an annual language event that aims to discuss, showcase and celebrate Maori language innovation and success nationwide.
Mr Ngapo said he was overwhelmed with the news.
‘ ‘ You needed to give photographic evidence. We submitted a DVD; you had to have something that was innovative and captured the audience’s attention so we did a Maori ringtone,’’ he said.
‘‘You needed to show that your entry would be targeted towards the community and that it had long-term application.
‘‘We had photos, I did a research proposal about the retention of Maori speakers in the education system. We also took our whole kaupapa outside the Tokoroa area, to various towns to promote the Maori language.’’