21 July 2020

Media Release 

Māori Language Week Award entries 

Māori Language Week starts Monday, 23 July and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori is calling for Māori Language Awards entries, particularly for the Māori Language Week category.

The awards are designed to acknowledge the huge efforts made by many for the language. “So whether your organisation is a relatively new inductee to the world of te reo Māori, or a seasoned battler, provision has been made within the awards format to ensure an extensive range of contributions recognised.” says Glenis Philip-Barbara, Chief Executive Officer of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.

“We know that with a Māori Language Week theme like Arohatia te Reo, organisations and schools are undertaking many innovative initiatives to celebrate Māori language this year. The Māori Language Awards is the forum to have those projects acknowledged” says Glenis Philip-Barbara.

“While the awards evening provides an opportunity to celebrate Māori language success across the motu – it also serves as a forum where Māori 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 Māori language sector” says Glenis Philip Barbara.

The awards event is on 16 November at the TECT Arena at Baypark in Tauranga. The closing date for applications is 10 August, absolutely no extensions this year. Finalists will be announced early October.

Entry forms and criteria are available from the Kōrero Māori website at

Contact Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori for assistance and advice in filling out the application form. Call 0800 628 3736 or email


Nicky Birch
021 475 782




Māori Language Week is made possible with the support of:

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – Māori Language Commission
Te Puni Kōkiri – Ministry of Māori Development
Te Kāhui Tika Tangata – Human Rights Commission