School’s love of te reo yields ac­co­lades again

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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