Celebrating Māori achievement in Otāgo Secondary Schools
He tāoka, he koha, he kura pounamu

The awards ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the achievement of rakatahi Māori in secondary schools across Otago.


Kia ora Koutou,

It is with our deepest regret that the Mana Pounamu committee has made the decision not to host our annual celebration evening of Mana Pounamu Recipients for 2020. However, recipients will be acknowledged through a ceremony hosted at their respective schools and nominations are now open.

The decision to cancel the awards celebration was not made lightly, but it is made with the health and safety of our whānau, tamariki and kaumatua at in the forefront. We are cognisant of the impact this year has had on schools and students ability to travel.

Nominations are open until the 16th October 2020 and can be made via the google form on this website. 

We thank schools for taking responsibility for celebrating the Mana Pounamu awards with your recipients and we look forward to receiving your nominations.  Where possible members of our committee are interested in attending these celebrations and we appreciate receiving details of them

If we are unable to attend on the day, we will provide an awards pack with the award details, our key message of congratulations and information to support your ceremony.

As with previous years we look forward to receiving your nominees as they continue to inspire us with their values and achievements and thank you for your continued efforts to prepare and empower all students for their further tertiary studies.

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