November 23, 2015
C Company stories worthy of reo award
Translating the stories of Maori Battalion veterans has earned Gisborne-based Nga Taonga a Nga Tama Toa Trust the supreme award in the year’s Maori language awards, which were presented in Napier on Saturday night.
The work was done for the history of the Battalion’s C Company, and involved extensive consultation to ensure the accurate dialect was used.
Long-serving Te Ataarangi tutor Mana Elizabeth Hunkin from Ngati Kahungunu was acknowledged as the Maori language champion for the year.
Paulette Tamati- Elliffe the programme leader of the Ngai Tahu’s te reo strategy, and her husband Komene Cassidy of Ngapuhi won the community leadership section.
Kaitaia-based Te Hiku Media won the English language broadcasting prize, while was best Maori medium broadcaster was Rotorua production house Maui TV, whose shows include Nga Tangata Taumata Rau and Kai Time On The Road.
Tokoroa High School won the award for best activity for Maori Language Week, while Kerikeri High School topped the education category.
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