School’s love of te reo yields accolades again
For the second year in a row Tokoroa High School’s efforts in promoting te reo have been recognised.
At last Friday’s Nga Tohu Reo Maori Awards 2012 ceremony, which was hosted by Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Maori – the Maori Language Commission, the school won the Nga Tohu Reo Maori 2012 – Te wiki o Te Reo Maori award. Te Rito dean Keinan Ngapo said the event was a momentous occasion and his kura had the task of improving on last year’s win.
‘‘The Highlight of the awards was winning the Maori Language Week Award for our efforts and standing alongside other winners on the night was amazing.
‘‘With much work from Tokoroa High School we entered two categories this year.
‘‘ Fortunately, Tokoroa High School was successful in being named as the only organisation to make two categories for the Ao Matauranga – Tuwhera Education – Open section and the Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori section,’’ he said.
Mr Ngapo said the win was a whole community effort.
‘‘We pay tribute to all our staff and support at Tokoroa High School and to our Maori Tangata Whenua Action group for getting great guest speakers that helped our application.’’
He also said the experience was great for his students.
‘‘The goal for us entering the awards is so our precious reo is nurtured and spoken on an everyday basis,’’ Mr Ngapo said.
Tokoroa High School are also finalists at the Raukawa Reo Awards which will be held this Friday at The South Waikato Sports and Events Centre starting at 4pm.
To purchase tickets ring the Raukawa Charitable Trust offices, 0800 RAUKAWA.