The annual Raukawa Maori Language Awards event was held at Te Wananga o Aotearoa’s Tokoroa campus on the weekend.
On the night 13 awards from four main categories (Maori Language Week, Long Term, Special Awards and Supreme Awards) were presented to acknowledge a range of groups, individuals and efforts supporting Maori language initiatives throughout the wider Raukawa area.
Special guest speakers included professor Timoti Karetu, as well as language expert Te Awanuirangi Black and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori, The Maori Language Commission chief executive officer Glenis Philip Barbara.
Major awards were presented to Tokoroa High School for Maori Language Week, Soccer 3000 for their long term efforts throughout the year and Ihapera Bella Roycroft for her life time commitment, guidance and support in the Raukawa rohe.
SUPREME WINNER: Te Whitiki o te Ki – Supreme Individual Award recipient was Ihapera Bella Roycroft.