Producing Maori compilation CDs helps win Maori Language Award

(Waatea News) A Tokoroa High School teacher says keeping Maori relevant and positive was the key to winning the mainstream education category at this year’s Maori Language Awards.

The South Waikato school won the mainstream education category for an initiative where students helped produce Maori compilation CDs.

Keinan Ngapo of Ngati Pukenga, Ngati Maru and Ngati Porou says mainstream schools are as passionate about retention of Te Reo Maori as kura kaupapa, and rangatahi everywhere are determined to keep the language alive.

She says the school was recognised for a range of initiatives, including a pastoral care programme and a compilation CD of waiata composed by the students.

The CD was used as a language resource and played on various iwi radio stations.

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