“Dr Bruce Gregory Merit Award of Outstanding Achievement in Te Reo Maori”

Te Hiku Hauora is privileged to provide local secondary school students who show outstanding achievement in Te Reo Māori with the Dr Bruce Gregory Merit Award of a $200 voucher redeemable for books, stationery or electronic goods and a merit certificate. The award is presented to one deserving student from each year (Year 9 to year 13 being a total of $1,000) along with a merit certificate. This year awards were made available to Taipa Area School, Te Rangi Aniwaniwa, Abundant Life, Kaitaia College, Broadwood Area School, Whangaroa College, Pukemiro Kura and Te Kura Taumata O Panguru totalling $8,000

The study of Te Reo Māori has become an increasingly popular degree option as a result of evolving government policy and social attitudes. Careers are available in areas such as teaching, library work, law, research, iwi organisations, policy analysts, service delivery areas of government, local body and private organisations.

Language revitalisation is key to retaining Maori cultural identity and uniqueness in the world, gives students expertise in a major aspect of their own culture and something they can be very proud of; this is why Te Hiku Hauora is committed to offering the Dr Bruce Gregory Merit Award to students who demonstrate outstanding achievement in Te Reo Māori.

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Pukemiro Year 9 student award recipient Anarosa Pio is admired by her kaiako saying “He akonga ahurei a Anarosa i roto i ngā mahi Te Reo Māori. Kua mau i a ia ngā āheinga reo tuhituhi, kōrero, pānui me te whakarongo. He māmā noa iho māna ki te whakarite i ōna whakaaro kia huri hei tuhinga roa, tuhinga auaha hei kōrero tene rānei. Koia kei a koe e kō mō te whakatauira i te ngākau māhaki. Pai mutunga!

Year 11 award recipient Jurney Blair is recognised as “He kohine kaha ki te mahi i ngā wa katoa. Koia tetahi o ngā tuakana kua kaha te uru atu ki ngā pū korero mō ngā whaikōrero ki te kura, ki ngā whakatatae a motu hoki. He reo waiata ataahua hoki tona. He tauira kaha ki mahi i ngā karakia i te ata, te whakahaere i ngā himene hoki. He tangata kaha ki te korero Māori i ngā wā katoa.” Her fellow Year 13 student Jackie-Lee Natana is commended by her kaiako saying “He tangata kaha a Jackie-Lee ki te tautoko i ngā mahi o te Pōwhiri, te tuku karakia i ngā ata, te whakarite kai mo te manuhiri. Ka uru atu ia i ngā manukōrero i ngā wā katoa, hei mangai mo te kura, mo Te Tai Tokerau mo ngā whakatatae Pū Kōrero whai korero hoki.  He tauira kaha ki te korero Māori i ngā wā katoa, he korokoro tui hoki tāna.”

Along with supporting students who show outstanding achievement in Te Reo Māori, Te Hiku Hauora Dental provides FREE basic dentistry for students aged 13 – 17 years old. To maintain that award winning smile phone us now on 09 4082781 for an appointment.