Chief Executive Officer Paora Te Hurihanganui said that this event is an important occasion on the annual calendar for Te Arawa. “The Te Arawa Awards celebrate the culmination of generation excellence in action.”.
Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa, event coordinator Moana Miller said the Te Arawa awards are made up of a number of different sections.
‘‘There will be the Māori Sports awards, Te Arawa Rangatahi Achievement awards, Te Arawa Rangatahi grant scholarships and the Te Arawa Iwi awards which includes whanau, hapū, and iwi recognition alongside the hall of fame and role of honour,’’ she said.
‘‘The four different categories for the rangatahi awards include sport, culture, arts and academic achievement and service to the community.’’ Mrs Miller said it is good for the rangatahi to see good role models in the same room.
‘‘It’s not only to celebrate their achievements but for them to see what other whānau are achieving as well. To be up on stage in front of their peers and whānau is a huge buzz for them,’’ she said.
Further category information includes:
Te Arawa Rangatahi Awards:
Recognising Te Arawa Rangatahi who shows excellence in school ages groups such as Primary, Intermediate and Secondary Schools as well as in the categories of:
- Culture, Kapa Haka, Music, Dance and the Arts
- Service to the Community, Whānau, Hapū or Iwi
- Or as a group or team
Te Arawa Māori Sports Awards:
Recognising Māori sports men and women locally and Te Arawa sportsmen and women nationally and internationally who show regional, national, and international success and excellence in the following sporting categories:
- Senior Sportsman
- Senior Sportswoman
- Junior Sportsman
- Junior Sportswoman
- Coach of the Year
- Team of the Year
- Service to Sport
- Sportsperson with a Disability
Te Arawa Iwi Awards:
Recognising special contributions by Te Arawa individuals, whānau, hapū and marae in the following categories:
- Te Arawa Healthy Marae Award
- Te Arawa Kōeke (60+) of the year
- Te Arawa Whānau of the year
- Te Arawa Pride Hapu of the Year
- Hall of Fame Membership
- Roll of Honour Membership
The Awards will be on Friday September 26 at the Holiday Inn, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua. For more information, or if you have any questions or enquiries please contact Te Papa Tākaro o Te Arawa (07) 3483377 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org