The winners of the 2015 Ngā Tohu Reo Māori were announced during the weekend, which saw 20 awards handed out to successful recipients.
The award for Māori Language Leadership was presented to Mana Elizabeth Hunkin of Ngāti Kahungunu.
The highest community award was presented to Paulette Tamati-Elliffe and Komene Cassidy of Ngāi Tahu.
This year, judges selected Ngā Taonga a Ngā Tama Toa Trust from Gisborne as the Supreme Entry for their efforts to retain and acknowledge histories pertaining to 28th Māori Battalion C Company soldiers.
The following is a rundown of the award titles and winners of the night:
Te Kāea attended the annual awards night held in Napier in the weekend and reporter Aroha Treacher spoke to some of the winners, including Mana Elizabeth Hunkin, who has dedicated her life to the Māori language and has been a part of Ngāti Kahungungu’s Māori language revival for over 20 years.
Hunkin established the Māori Language course, Te Ataarangi, and when being interviewed said, "When I saw the philosophy of Te Ataarangi I knew, this is an avenue to enable our people to learn and retain their Māori voice."