Celebrating Māori achievement in Otago Secondary Schools
He tāoka, he koha, he kuru pounamu
The awards ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the achievement of rakatahi Māori in secondary schools across Otago.
Tēnā koutou e te whānau. This year the Mana Pounamu Komiti are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting our annual celebration evening of Mana Pounamu recipients on Friday 27th October 2023.
Nominations for this award open Tuesday, 1st August 2023 and are open until Friday, 1st September 2023, 12pm.
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.
Mana Pounamu Young Achievers’ Awards honour rakatahi Māori
He tāonga, he koha, he kura pounamu
The annual Mana Pounamu Young Achievers’ celebrating the vast and varied achievements of rakatahi Māori (Māori youth) in secondary schools across Otago.
Each October, Mana Pounamu acknowledges the many wonderful accomplishments of rakatahi Māori, and aims to inspire them to consider tertiary education as a natural progression. The Awards provide an opportunity to showcase our future leaders, providing inspirational role models to other Māori youth across the province.
Mana Pounamu Young Achievers’ Awards
Alongside other colleagues dedicated to Māori education, the late Alva Kapa initiated the Mana Pounamu Young Achievers’ Awards in 2001. The celebration was bestowed the title of ‘Mana Pounamu’ as it was first held in the Year of Mana Pounamu. Mana Pounamu is a Kāi Tahu initiative supported by Kā Papatipu Rūnaka ki Arāiteuru, Otago Polytechnic, the University of Otago, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the Ministry of Education and the Otago Daily Times.
Mā te Atua e Manaaki
On behalf of the Komiti Kaiwhakahaere o Mana Pounamu 2023
Mana Pounamu Committee