Call for Maori Language Award entries

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Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori calls for entries to the Maori Language Awards

Categories include; Private sector; Community; Local government; Government; Broadcasting Mainstream; Broadcasting Maori Media; Print; IT and Telecommunications; Education Mainstream; Education Maori Medium; Tertiary; Maori Language Week.

Over the years the awards platform has been enhanced to more effectively acknowledge an array of efforts for the language. So whether your organisation is a relatively new inductee to the world of te reo Maori, or a seasoned battler, provision has been made within the awards format to ensure an extensive range of contributions recognised.

We know that with a theme like Manaakitanga, organisations and schools are undertaking many innovative initiatives to celebrate Maori language this year. The Maori Language Awards is the forum to have those projects acknowledged says Chief Executive, Glenis Philip-Barbara.

While the awards evening provides an opportunity to celebrate Maori language success across the motu it also serves as a forum where Maori language advocates and enthusiasts can meet, exchange ideas, discuss issues and establish support networks for one another. This is especially important when you consider coordination and cross promotion of success is an area of development across the Maori language sector says Glenis Philip Barbara.

The awards event will be held at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre on the evening of 18 November. The closing date for applications is 12 August, absolutely no extensions this year. Finalists will be announced no later than 23 September.

Entry forms and criteria are available from the Korero Maori website at http://www.korero.maori.nz/news/mlw/awards

Please feel free to contact Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori for assistance and advice in filling out the application form. You can call toll free on 0800 6283736 (please ask for a Communications team member), or email korero@tetaurawhiri.govt.nz

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