June 27, 2016
Maori excellence celebrated in Matariki Awards
A surprise for Scotty Morrison.
The Waatea and Te Karere newsreader and author of Maori Made Easy won Te Waiti Award for Te Reo & Tikanga at the first Matariki Awards.
The awards were organised by Maori Television in partnership with Te Puni Kokiri to celebrate extraordinary Maori talent and achievement.
Mr Morrison says he went to Sunday night's gala event at Auckland War Memorial Museum to support his wife Stacey Morrison who was on MC duty, so felt at a loss for words.
He acknowledged those who helped him as a second language learner, including the late Hirini Melbourne, Timoti Karetu, Pou Temara, Wharehuia Milroy, Waihoroi and Rahera Shortland and Pania Papa, who as also a finalist.
The supreme award, as well as the Te Waipuna-a-Rangi Award for Arts and Entertainment, went to Hollywood star Cliff Curtis his outstanding commitment to Aotearoa and kaupapa Maori.
The sports tohu went to All Black Nehe Milner-Skudder, and IronMaori won the Health & Science award for the positive impact it has had on Maori health.
The young achievers award went to 18-year-old Northlander Ezekiel Raui for his support of youth mental health issues.
The business and innovation category was won by milk processor Miraka, and the education award went to Waikato University Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith.
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