Ngā Tohu Reo o Raukawa 2015
On the 2nd October 2015 the community gathered to celebrate Ngā Tohu Reo o Raukawa, The Raukawa Māori Language Awards, which was held at the South Waikato Sports & Events Centre, Tokoroa.
The biennial event celebrates and acknowledges members of our Raukawa community who actively engage in the revitalisation of te reo Māori. The event recognises the fantastic efforts of a wide range of groups and individuals that have a direct impact on increasing te reo Māori use in the Raukawa rohe. The evening was a wonderful success and featured a thrilling performance by Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Pātetere.
Language expert and Rau Ahurea Group Manager, Charlie Tepana, commented
“The night was spectacular, acknowledging the efforts of our people and community who continue to strengthen and progress the development of the Māori language. I wish to pay a special acknowledgement to all of the taonga recipients on the night who were honoured for their continued passion, commitment, innovation and dedication.”
The night saw 33 finalists and their activities were showcased before a full room of glitz and glamour. Special guests included Dr Wayne Ngata, the Board Chair of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, and Professor Rāwinia Higgins who is a board member on both Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Te Māngai Pāhō. The successful night was sponsored by Mā te Reo and Mighty River Power. Nā ō kōrua huruhuru tēnei manu i rere.
For more information about the biennial event contact Rau Ahurea on 0800 728 5292.