Kōkiri 20 – Kaumātua honoured by Te Waka Toi

Published in Kōkiri 20, Mahuru - Whiringa ā Nuku 2010

Five kaumātua’s generosity and talent was acknowledged at the recent Te Waka Toi awards ceremony. The 2010 Te Waka Toi awards commemorated:

  • the international success of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Porou) with Te Tohu Aroha mō Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu;
  • the creative innovation of Tairoa Royal (Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa, Kai Tahu) with Te Tohu Toi Kē;
  • the promotion of Te Reo Māori by Te Onehou Phillis (Ngāti Awa) with Te Tohu Aroha mō Ngoi Kumeroa Pewhairangi: ‘Whakarongo, Titiro, Kōrero’;
  • the huge commitment of five kaumātua, who through their generosity and talent, enrich the artistic traditions of communities, with Ngā Tohu a Ta Kingi Ihaka:
    • Jossie Kaa (Ruawaipu, Ngāti Porou),
    • Kihi Ngatai (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui),
    • Wairukuruku Maere (Ngāti Naho, Ngāti Mahuta o Tainui, Waikato, Ngāti Poporo, Ngāti Kahungunu),
    • Vera Morgan (Te Māhurehure),
    • Wiremu Kaa (Ruawaipu, Ngāti Porou).
  • Two emerging Māori artists with the award of Ngā Karahipi a Te Waka Toi – scholarships to assist with further study:
  • Talented young arts curator and visual artist Reuben Friend from Waikato,
  • Gifted tā moko practitioner Taryn Beri from Wellington.

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