Lan­guage awards

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

Photo: A1 PHO­TOG­RA­PHY.

SUPREME WIN­NER: Te Whitiki o te Ki – Supreme In­di­vid­ual Award re­cip­i­ent was Ihapera Bella Roy­croft.

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