Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2019

A couple who have dedicated their lives to the revitalisation of the Māori language and a music icon whose actions led to New Zealanders now singing the national anthem in te reo and English received top honours at the 16th Ngā Tohu Reo Māori, National Māori Language Awards in Auckland.

“‘Miria te pounamu piata ana: polish pounamu till the brilliance shines through’ is a whakatauki that perfectly reflects the work, dedication and courage demonstrated by our Māori language champions,” said Māori Language Commissioner, Professor Rawinia Higgins.

“Their achievements are precious, brilliant and need to be constantly polished so that all of us can learn by their incredible examples of leadership and service to our people. They honour us with their foresight and leadership.”

This year more than 150 te reo initiatives from a wide range of communities and sectors  nominated, more than ever before.

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