Māori Language Awards 2015

Māori Language Awards 2015

September 15, 2015

Ngā Tohu Reo Māori is an annual Māori language awards event held to celebrate excellence and long term commitment to te reo Māori from across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The awards, hosted by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, aim to recognise te reo Māori regeneration and innovation.

Entry information

Entries open Friday, 21 August 2015 and close at 5.00pm on Monday, 21 September 2015.

In order to qualify, initiatives must be current: ie carried out in the 12 months before August 2015.  There are 13 categories which entries can be applied under.

Entries may be submitted through an online or hard copy entry downloaded here [PDF, 177 KB]. The online entry form can be accessed here

Hard copy:



Courier/Hand Deliver to:  


Post to:

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori


Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

Level 14                                


PO Box 411

Cooperative Bank Building           


Wellington 6140

Cnr Ballance & Featherston Sts



Wellington 6011



Attention: Ngā Tohu Reo Māori


Attention: Ngā Tohu Reo Māori

 For further information about the awards contact Betty Hauraki (04) 4710244 or email: [email protected]

Categories for Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2015

  1. Community – non-profit businesses and organisations
  2. Youth – individual or groups under 30 years old
  3. Digital and Information Communication Technology – IT management and telecommunications providers
  4. Broadcasting – Māori medium – radio and television broadcasting organisations (“Broadcasting” must be your core business.)
  5. Broadcasting – English medium – radio and television broadcasting organisations.  (“Broadcasting” must be your core business)
  6. Print – Print and publishing.  (“Print” must be your core business)
  7. Education – Māori medium  – includes kōhanga reo and immersion schools
  8. Education – Open – includes early childhood, primary and secondary schools
  9. Tertiary – all tertiary institutions
  10. Private sector – for-profit businesses and organisations
  11. Local government – local authorities
  12. Government – central government agencies and organisations
  13. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (27 July – 02 August 2015) – organisations and groups who have undertaken initiatives during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

General criteria

These apply to all entries:

  1. Commitment – How does the organisation or initiative demonstrate commitment to te reo Māori regeneration?
  2. Impact – What evidence is there of increased use and awareness of te reo Māori?
  3. Quality – How does your organisation and initiative ensure the use of quality te reo Māori e.g. quality checks, use of macrons, pronunciation etc?
  4. Innovation – Describe how your te reo Māori initiative is original and creative?
  5. Recognition – What recognition has the initiative received?
  6. Enduring – What are the long-term plans for te reo Māori within your organisation?

Specific criteria

These criteria also apply to the following categories:

Broadcasting (Māori medium) and Broadcasting (english medium)

  • Provision of AV material no longer than seven minutes in duration.
  • How did you ensure quality te reo Māori was achieved?
  • Which audiences did your initiative reach?

Print category

  • Describe the quality of te reo Māori used and the attention to detail in print media.
  • How did you ensure quality te reo Māori was achieved?
  • Attach examples of suitable printed material.

Digital and information communication technology category

  • Provision of AV material no longer than seven minutes duration
  • Describe how the application, function, project and/or initiative promote te reo Māori.
  • How does your initiative meet the general criteria?
  • Provide any links, apps, etc that may support your entry.

Education (Māori medium) and Education (Open)

  • How was your whānau/oreganisation and the wider community involved in this initiative?


How was your whānau/oreganisation and the wider community involved in this initiative?

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori category

  • Describe how your initiative aligns with the 2015 theme ‘Whangaihia te reo ki ngā Mātua’?
  • What were the key messages of your activity and how were these communicated to and received by the audience?
  • Did your activity involve community or whānau, hapū and iwi? What involvement did they have? 

Conditions of entry

Ensure that your application meets all relevant criteria.


  • Only one entry per initiative will be accepted. 
  • Entries must meet the general criteria and, where appropriate, specific criteria.
  • Please provide four copies of each entry.
  • Broadcasting and Print categories; please include any articles, newscast and other media associated with your entry.
  • If an entry has not been submitted into the correct category, it may be moved to another category if deemed advantageous to the entry.
  • All entries must be received by 5.00pm on Monday 21 September 2015.
  • Please note that one copy of each entry will remain with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori for archival purposes. Remaining copies will be returned to you following Ngā Tohu Reo Māori

Supporting material

  • Four copies of supporting material must be provided with each entry, bound or divided separately.
  • AV and digital material must be clearly identified and no longer than seven minutes.
  • Where possible, include suitable colour photographs of initiatives for use in promotions.
  • Other information considered relevant may also be submitted.


  • Material submitted may be used to promote Ngā Tohu Reo Māori.
  • Material submitted may be used for future award promotions and for reference purposes.


Finalists in all categories are informed and announced in October 2015.

  • Finalists are encouraged to attend Ngā Tohu Reo Māori on Saturday, 21 November 2015 at Pettigrew-Green Arena, 480 Gloucester Street, Taradale, Napier.
  • Travel and accommodation support is not available.


  • The judges will assess all material submitted against the relevant criteria.
  • Their decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

NOTE: Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori reserves the right to;

  • Call for further nominations at any time.
  • Disqualify any entry that does not comply with stated criteria.

You can read the Te Reo translation here

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