Last night, Māori language advocates across the country gathered at Napier’s Pettigrew Green Arena to celebrate the 10th Māori language awards hosted by Ngāti Kahungunu and Takitimu waka.
We were very proud to receive the Digital and Information Communication Technology Award.
The Māori language awards started in 2004 and are about celebrating excellence and long term commitment to te reo Māori from across Aotearoa New Zealand. They support the vision of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) “to hear and see our indigenous language resonate across this nation’s landscape.”
2015 has been an incredible year for us in supporting language regeneration in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.
Kiwa is working with indigenous communities around the world to preserve ancestral knowledge in formats that are relevant and accessible. Recent projects include building an app with 6 Aborginal languages at the Puliima conference in Australia, a bilingual app promoting correct use of re Reo for Auckland Transport, a series of creation stories in Aboriginal languages for Victorian Aboriginal Corporation of Languages, a SLAM workshop with Ngāti Whātua, a cultural app for Callaghan Innovation, and a series of projects for Ngāi Tahu, also award winners last night.
Revitalisation of indigenous language and culture globally is at a “tipping point”, with technology the key to success.