Deserved recognition for teacher of te reo
After 52 years she is off
The annual Raukawa Reo Awards held last Friday were a great success with Poihaere Barrett honoured for her lifetime commitment to te reo.
Mrs Barrett has taught generations of students te reo Maori and tikanga and supported many Maori initiatives in the Raukawa rohe. She teaches at Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere in Putaruru.
The awards were held at the South Waikato Sports and Events Centre.
Raukawa Reo Award’s organiser Charlie Tepana described the past six years as ‘‘fantastic.
‘‘The awards have gone from strength to strength. Our rivitalisation of the Raukawa reo has been a driving force of the awards and it’s our way of thanking those who go above and beyond in promoting te reo,’’ Mr Tepana said. Award winners: Te hapori whanui – community groups: South Waikato District Libraries
Te hunga whakaako – Education groups: Tokoroa High School
Te hunga whakaako kaupapa maori – Maori medium education groups: Te Wharekura o Te Kao- kaoroa o Patetere.
Te hunga whakaako kura auraki – English medium education groups: Te Rau Oriwa Early Leaning Centre.
Te hapori whanui- community groups: Te Wakaiti.
Te tohu kaiwhakaako kaupapa Maori – Maori medium te reo teacher award: Ahi Katoa Nair- Te Kohanga Reo o Atamarie.
Te tohu kaiwhakaako kura auraki – English medium te reo teacher: Awhina Stewart – Tokoroa Intermediate.
Rangatahi kaihao – youth award: Taihakoa Maui.
Te whakaihuwaka o te reo – language driver: Erina Ward- Te Kohanga Reo o Atamarie
Te tohu rangatira mo te wiki reo Maori: South Waikato District Library
Te tohu rangatira mo te manawa whakau: Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere
Te whitiki o te ki: Lifetime commitment to Te Reo Award: Poihaere Barret.
LIFETIME COMMITMENT: Local school teacher Poihaere Barrett was recognised for her lifetime commitment to te reo Maori. Mrs Barrett is pictured here with local kaumatua and kuia.