Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2018 | National Māori Language Awards 2018

Have you or your organisation been helping to revitalise te reo Māori over the past year?

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) recognise people and organisations who've contributed to the revitalisation of the te reo Māori every year at the Ngā Tohu Reo Māori, National Māori Language Awards, at a gala dinner at Te Papa in Wellington.

Any individual or any organisations who have been involved in revitalising te reo Māori can apply in categories including Individual, Aotearoatanga, Community, Business, Government and Arts, Whānau, Broadcasting and Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

A sample entry is available to view here.

Award Categories

The National Māori Language Awards will recognise 13 categories of te Reo Māori excellence for 2018.



Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

2018

For Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2018

Rangatahi

Youth

For action by or for young people

Kāwanatanga

Government

For Local or state sector

Ngā Mahi Pāpāho

Broadcasting & Media

Newspapers, radio, TV

Takitahi

Individual

A person who has made a difference on their own

Te Mahi Toi, Mahi Whakangahau

Arts & Entertainment

Any art, any entertainment

Te Mātauranga – Māori

Education – Māori Medium

For Kohanga Kura and Wānanga

Te Mātauranga – Whānui

Education – Open

For any educational activity, whether for Māori or Māori medium, or not

Whānau

A person who has made a difference on their own

Iwi

For revitalisation in a particular iwi or hapū

Te Pakihi

Business

For initiatives associated with for-profit enterprises

Ngā Hāpori Māori

Māori Community

For revitalisation within a Māori community not restricted to a particular iwi or hapū

Aotearoatanga

For any community group, Māori or not, making a contribution to revitalisation

Criteria

Judges will be asked to judge entries against the five language planning elements. Each of these is explained below. An entry can contribute to one or more elements. They do not have to contribute to them all.

Entrants are asked to state the elements the entry contributes to in a substantial way. If an entry contributes to only one, it will be given a mark out of a hundred. If an entry contributes to all five, each will be given a mark out of 20. These will then be totalled. This reflects the fact that each element is essential to revitalisation and that activities aimed at one can be as valuable as activities that influence them all.

TE MANA O TE REO

Status

People value te reo Māori and recognise it as a key part of our national identity. Entries are sought for actions that are leading people to value and support the use of te reo Māori. We want to revitalise te reo Māori so that it is an everyday language and public prominence and use recognising its status as an official language is very important.

TE MĀRAMA PŪ KI TE WHAKAORA REO

Critical Awareness

People have critical awareness when they know te reo Māori is endangered and know their role in revitalisation. Te reo Māori will not be revitalised unless decision-makers in government, business and the voluntary sector become aware of the importance of action to promote te reo Māori and what they can do to help.

TE KŌREROTANGA O TE REO

Use (includes wāhi | domains)

A language is only alive when it is used – providing opportunities for use and the creation of new domains in which te reo Māori can be used is an essential part of revitalisation. ‘Use’ includes every occasion on which Māori is spoken, heard, read, or sung.

TE AKO I TE REO

Acquisition

People learn te reo Māori from others, as a mother tongue or in education – acquisition covers both and includes all forms of education, from kōhanga reo through to the highest levels of tertiary education and from private learning to mass on-line education.

TE PUNA REO

Corpus (includes kounga | quality)

The right words and terms are available for all circumstances; this includes improving te kounga o te reo – quality at all levels. Every year thousands of words enter the English and other world languages. The creation of new words and terms allowing its use in every area of life is important work for the revitalisation of te reo Māori. Building the quality of language used also comes under corpus.

Recent Winners

Big names like Disney (working with the Matewa Trust for the Māori language Moana); Fletcher Construction (for Kāpiti roading signage); Vodafone and Google (for developing better pronunication of Google Maps); and Stuff for its introduction of tohutō (macrons) across all its platforms, were among the winners at the 2017 National Māori Language Awards.

Pāpāhotanga / Pāpāho

Broadcasting / Media

Takitahi

Individual

Pakihi

Business

Kāwanatanga

Government

Rangatahi

Youth

Mātauranga

Education

Mahi Toi me te Whakangahau

Arts/Entertainment

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

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