5 Aug 2013

Maori Language Week awards deadline extended

8:02 pm on 5 August 2013

The Maori Language Commission has given people more time to enter this year's Maori Language week awards.

The awards celebrate the regeneration and innovation of the Maori language during Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori.

The 12 Maori Language Award categories include education, broadcasting, print, IT and communications. The competition can be entered by an individual, school, business or local governing body.

Entries were intended to close on 12 August, but the commission has given people an extra week, and they now have until 19 August to put in their entries in.

The commission says it extended the timeframe because some people entering the awards are also submitting entries in the commission's Ma Te Reo funding round, which closes on Monday 12 August.

It says it changed the deadline for the Maori Language Week Awards to ease the pressure on people who are applying for Ma Te Reo funding - a putea for community reo Maori revitalisation initiatives.

The winners of the Maori Language Week Awards will be announced in November.