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Mana Pounamu


Whae Joe Hunter, Dean of Maori Students —

He tāoka, he koha, he kura pounamu


The Mana Pounamu Young Achievers’ Awards was brought about through the vision of the late Tāua, Alva Kapa, a local Kāi Tahu educator. It was named as such because it was first held in the Year of Mana Pounamu (2001) and is a Kāi Tahu initiative supported by Kā Papatipu Rūnaka ki Arai-Te-Uru.

The awards ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the achievement of rakatahi Māori in secondary schools across Otago. Please note that the underlying objectives of these awards are to:

Celebrate the success and achievement of rakatahi Māori

Encourage rakatahi to participate in further tertiary study

Identify leadership potential

Provide positive role models to rakatahi Māori

Create networking opportunities

Provide and distribute information relating to study, career and scholarships.

Please contact Matua Mac or Whaea Joe if you are interested in nominating your daughter. Māori students will be given forms next week.