Toko­roa shines at NZ te reo awards

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Toko­roa New World and Toko­roa High School Te Rito group beat 70 fi­nal­ists from around New Zealand to nab awards at the 2011 National Maori Lan­guage Awards evening in Ro­torua.

Toko­roa New World won the Pri­vate Sec­tor cat­e­gory for its long-term com­mit­ment to te reo, in par­tic­u­lar its per­ma­nent signs which are bi-lin­gual.

Toko­roa New World hu­man re­sources man­ager Lisa Ni­chol said the group was stunned by the win.

‘‘We were stunned to be hon­est, you couldn’t not wipe the cheesy grins off our faces af­ter­ward.’’

Toko­roa New World now has the chal­leng­ing task of de­vel­op­ing more award-win­ning strate­gies for next year.

Toko­roa High School Te Rito group mem­bers were also grin­ning from ear to ear when they won the supreme ed­u­ca­tion award.

Te Rito dean Keinan Ngapo was ec­static his stu­dents were fi­nal­ists and that their hard work to pro­mote te reo had been recog­nised on a national stage.

‘‘I am hum­bled by this award, to see our school recog­nised na­tion­ally shows that we are fully com­mit­ted to see­ing the reo pros- per. Fur­ther giv­ing our stu­dents some­thing to as­pire too.’’

The school won the award for its ef­forts through­out the year by pro­mot­ing te reo through use of noho marae, Nga Manu Korero, Maori com­po­si­tion, reo classes and kapa haka.

Stu­dents also pro­moted te reo through kura reo which is a higher class of learn­ing.

‘‘ We also made a Maori Lan­guage week CD which fea­tured an orig­i­nal Maori song,’’ Mr Ngapo said.

The school won three ma­jor awards at the Raukawa Reo Awards.

Raukawa Char­i­ta­ble Trust Ed­u­ca­tion and Te Reo Man­ager Char­lie Tepana is ex­cited by grow­ing pas­sion for the reo.

‘‘Once again it shows that some­thing in­ter­est­ing is hap­pen­ing in the Raukawa com­mu­nity.

‘‘ We had a lot of com­ments about the num­ber of en­tries from the town and it is a sign that there is a nat­u­ral pos­i­tive pro­gres­sion to re­tain the reo. It again puts our town in a pos­i­tive light.’’

Those show­ing cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion in Maori lan­guage pro­mo­tion and re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion are el­i­gi­ble to en­ter the National Maori Lan­guage Awards.

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