Language trust in line for award

LAIRD HARPER
Last updated 05:00 28/09/2012

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A New Plymouth trust revitalising Taranaki reo is again in the running for a Maori language award.

Te Reo o Taranaki Charitable Trust is one of 30 groups around the country being recognised for their dedication in bringing te reo back into the mainstream.

Trust chairman Hemi Sundgren said even though they had made great strides, there was a long road ahead of them if te reo was to again thrive in Taranaki.

"The indicators of a vibrant language are that children are speaking it fluently and it's being transmitted from parent to child in the home.

"I think there is still a lot of work to be done around that."

Mr Sundgren said being a finalist in the awards was a sign the trust was heading in the right direction.

The trust uses a four-tier strategy of awareness, application, acquisition and archive in helping to promote and develop Taranaki reo as a living language.

Last year the trust won the Te Tira Aumangea prize, which acknowledges a community group that made a sustained effort in the revitalisation of te reo.

The awards, which will again hosted by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori, aim to celebrate Maori language regeneration across Aotearoa.

Categories include private sector, community, local government, broadcasting and education.

The winners of the 14 categories and the supreme award, Te Tohu Huia Te Reo, will be revealed at Tauranga's TECT Arena on November 18.

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