Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2024

Ngā Tohu Reo Māori returned for the first time since 2019 to honour an admirable range of individuals, organisations, and kaupapa that have uplifted and promoted te reo Māori for all New Zealanders.

From the businesses on the cutting edge of innovation, to the grassroots rangatahi-led kaupapa, all kinds of aspirations and experiences were shared by our 13 Award recipients at the ceremony at Tākina Events Centre on the 26th of April.

The notable wins of the night were by our māreikura in the supreme categories, with Ngāti Waewae reo exponent Ariana Stevens taking out the Tū Rangatira category. Lifetime Achievement Awards were awarded to Tini Molyneux, Kuini Moehau Reedy and Kahurangi Rangimarie Naida Glavish DNZM. JP.


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Te Tohu Oranga Angitu Lifetime Achivement Award

Dame Naida Glavish

Dame Naida is a trailblazer in Māori health advocacy and has been a driving force behind the normalisation and integration of te reo Māori within the healthcare sector. Her pioneering efforts as the first Māori telephone operator to greet callers with "kia ora" sparked a nationwide movement towards recognising and valuing te reo Māori in everyday interactions.

Te Tohu Oranga Angitu Lifetime Achivement Award

Tini Molyneux

Tini Molyneux is a Māori veteran broadcaster who played a pivotal role in amplifying Māori voices and narratives across media platforms. She worked as the Māori Affairs reporter for TVNZ’s One News and fronted their flagship te reo Māori news programme, Te Karere.

Te Tohu Oranga Angitu Lifetime Achievement Award

Kuini Moehau Reedy

Kuini Moehau Reedy, an esteemed composer, performer, and educator, has dedicated her life to preserving and celebrating te reo Māori and music. She was a passionate advocate for Te Kōhanga Reo and recently starred in Disney’s Coco Reo Māori as Abuelita.

Te Tohu Tū Rangatira Tū Rangatira Supreme Award

Ariana Stevens

The 2024 recipient of the Tū Rangatira Supreme Award is Ariana Stevens (Ngāti Waewae). Ariana has dedicated her life to the promotion and uplifting of te reo Māori. She is the director of a business which seeks to support people from all sorts of communities to not only use te reo Māori in their lives, but also to uplift the mana of the language. The fruits of her work can be seen across the country, but she has played a pivotal and influential role in supporting the revitalisation of te reo within her own hapū and iwi.