July 15, 2018
Māori TV gives kudos to reo champions
Five rangatira known for their extraordinary committment to te reo and tikanga have been presented lifetime achievement awards in Māori Television’s third Matariki awards.
Sir Timoti Karetu, Wharehuia Milroy and Pou Temara are directors of Panekiretanga, the institute of excellence in the Māori language that came out of their work at Waikato University.
Huirangi Waikerepuru championed the teaching and use of Māori through Ngā Kaiwhakapūmau I Te Reo Māori, the Wellington Māori Language Board, which led the Te Reo Māori Claim to the Waitangi Tribunal.
He also led efforts to revive the Taranaki dialect.
Dame Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi was the chief executive and then long serving chair of Te Kohanga Reo National Trust.
The supreme Te Tohu Tiketike o Matariki award went to artist and academic Derek Lardelli from Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Pōrou, Ngāti Konohi and Ngāi Te Aweawe
He also shared Te Waipuna-a-Rangi Award for entertainment with actor Rachel House.
Te Ururangi Award for education went to Pem Bird, while Paraone Gloyne won Te Waitī award for his dedication to te reo and tikanga and his initiative Mahuru Māori.
The Te Tupu-ā-Nuku Award for Business & Innovation went to Nelson-based food and beverage company Kono.
The sports award went to women’s sevens rugby star Portia Woodman, and Mike King won Te Tupu-ā-Rangi Award for Health & Science health and science award.
Te Whetū Maiangi Award for young achievers was taken by Waiapu-based haka metal band Alien Weaponry.
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