7June 2012

Media Release

Call for Māori Language Award entries

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori calls for entries to the Māori Language Awards. .
Categories include; Private sector; Community; Local government; Government; Broadcasting – Mainstream; Broadcasting – Māori Media; Print; IT and Telecommunications; Education – Mainstream; Education – Māori Medium; Tertiary; Māori 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 Māori, 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 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 Chief Executive, 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 will be held at the TECT Arena at Baypark in Tauranga on the evening of 16 November. 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

Please feel free to contact Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori 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

Contact:  Glenis Philip-Barbara: 04 471 6729, 021 471 255,




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