Trust joint award win­ner

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Raukawa Char­i­ta­ble Trust was named joint win­ner of the Supreme award at the Maori Lan­guage Awards re­ceiv­ing Te Tohu Huia Te Reo for 2010.

The trust re­ceived the hon­our along with Massey Uni­ver­sity in Ro­torua.

The an­nual two-day Maori lan­guage expo is held by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (The Maori Lan­guage Com­mis­sion).

‘‘ This is the third time Raukawa Char­i­ta­ble Trust has won the supreme award, which is tes­ta­ment to the en­dur­ing com­mit­ment it has to re­vi­tal­is­ing the lan­guage,’’ com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Gle­nis Philip-Bar­bara said.

‘‘The lead­er­ship in this area is ex­em­plary and we are happy to con­tinue ac­knowl­edg­ing the ef­forts.

Whakatupu­ranga Rua Mano – a 25-year tri-par­tite iwi devel­op­ment strat­egy be­tween Te Ati Awa, Ngati Raukawa ki-te-Tonga and Ngati Toarangatira re­ceived Te Tira Au­mangea award, given to a group or or­gan­i­sa­tion in recog­ni­tion of its ef­forts to­wards lan­guage re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion.

‘‘The need to plan for the lan­guage can­not be un­der­stated,’’ Mrs PhilipBar­bara said.

‘‘At Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori we be­lieve plan­ning and fore­sight is at the heart of suc­cess­ful and well co­or­di­nated ini­tia­tives.

‘‘ We also be­lieve

that Whakatupu­ranga Rua Mano is per­haps the only ex­am­ple of an iwi based strat­egy that has been suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented in terms of not only cre­at­ing wider wel­fare and devel­op­ment for their re­spec­tive iwi but also in terms of re­gen­er­at­ing lan­guage speak­ers.’’

‘‘ Massey Uni­ver­sity im­pressed the judges with its in­no­va­tive yet sim­ple con­cept of pro­mot­ing the lan­guage through the pur­chase of cof­fee.

‘‘ Some­times it’s the sim­plic­ity and ease of an idea that cuts through and makes the most im­pact.’’

SUPREME WIN­NER: Raukawa Char­i­ta­ble Trust ac­cepts its supreme award at the Maori Lan­guage Awards.

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