Te Reo Maori Award win­ners

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The South Waikato District Coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to te reo Maori has been of­fi­cially recog­nised with a na­tional award.

The coun­cil has come away with the Kau­ni­hera a-rohe (Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment) award at this year’s Nga Tohu Reo Maori Awards (Na­tional Te Reo Maori Awards).

The coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Hobbs said the coun­cil was ab­so­lutely thrilled with the re­sult and in­cred­i­bly proud.

‘‘The coun­cil would like to ac­knowl­edge Raukawa Char­i­ta­ble Trust, for not only the nom­i­na­tion they put for­ward on our be­half but for the guid­ance they con­tinue to pro­vide us on any and all te reo mat­ters,’’ he said.

The coun­cil was nom­i­nated for its ef­forts to­wards strength­en­ing the use of te reo Maori in the district over the past year. This in­cluded work such as the cre­ation of bilin­gual signs, leisure fa­cil­i­ties, Wa­iata group, and the work to­wards de­mar­cat­ing sites of cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance to mana whenua.

The South Waikato also came away with two more awards on the night which were pre­sented to Te Karaehe Kau­matua o Ti­rau in the Ha­pori (Community), and Aaron Koopu in the Ran­gatahi (Youth) cat­e­gories.

‘‘We ex­tend our con­grat­u­la­tions to all of the night’s win­ners, but es­pe­cially to our lo­cal win­ners,’’ mayor Jenny Shat­tock said.

‘‘It’s ex­cit­ing to see the South Waikato in­volved in the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of te reo in so many dif­fer­ent ar­eas, and we are very proud to be a part of that.’’

Poi­haere and Wiremu Barrett of Te Karaehe Kau­matua o Ti­rau were nom­i­nated in the Ha­pori cat­e­gory for their Ti­rau Kau­matua Classes. These classes have pro­vided a space for peo­ple to come to­gether and lis­ten, speak and learn un­der the aus­pices of te reo and tikanga Maori.

Aaron Koopu was nom­i­nated in the Ran­gatahi cat­e­gory for the con­tri­bu­tions he makes to the Wharekura. He is help­ing to shape the district’s young men and women into pos­i­tive role mod­els for their marae, hapu, community and iwi.

The coun­cil is set to con­tinue with its te reo work and is hop­ing to see the use of the lan­guage in the district go from strength to strength.

The first of South Waikato mayor Jenny Shat­tock’s Open Pub­lic Fo­rums went down well be­fore the coun­cil’s pub­lic busi­ness agenda meet­ing on Thurs­day.

Shat­tock’s aim with the fo­rums, which will run for half an hour at 9.30am be­fore the start of each coun­cil meet­ing day, is to im­prove the coun­cil’s en­gage­ment with the community by of­fer­ing peo­ple face-to-face op­por­tu­ni­ties with the coun­cil­lors to have their con­cerns and ideas heard.

Five peo­ple de­cided to use the op­por­tu­nity to present their con­cerns which ranged from is­sues in­volv­ing tight rules around the fly­ing of drones at the Toko­roa Air­port and the mis­un­der­stand­ing of dis­abil­ity sup­port dogs, to the lo­ca­tion of the Pu­taruru ISITE need­ing to be easy for vis­i­tors to find.

Speak­ers were given five min­utes which was con­trolled by a bell.

Shat­tock thanked them for their at­ten­dance and said she was pleased with how the first fo­rum went.

‘‘Dur­ing the elec­tion I think we all heard that peo­ple want to have bet­ter ac­cess to mem­bers and to the coun­cil. We do value ideas and in­sights,’’ she said.

‘‘This is your time.’’

‘‘It's ex­cit­ing to see the South Waikato in­volved in the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of te reo in so many dif­fer­ent ar­eas, and we are very proud to be a part of that.’’

The South Waikato District Coun­cil’s Kau­ni­hera a-rohe (Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment) award.

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