Trust joint award winner
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.