Writing Competition

Online story competition starts today for young Mâori writers

27 July 2010

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Mâori (The Mâori Language Commission) encourages up and coming Mâori language writers aged between 8-13 to participate in the Library Information Association of New Zealand and Aotearoa (LIANZA) te reo online interactive story competition being launched as part of Mâori Language Week celebratory activities.

The competition will end in Library Week which will take place from 16-22 August.

Young Mâori language speakers and writers are asked to submit a paragraph and add to the story that is already on the LIANZA website.  Each week from now until Library Week a winning paragraph will be chosen, with the winners receiving books and other prizes.  The writer of the overall winning paragraph will win a new Mâori language graphic novel entitled Hautipua Rererangi.

“Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Mâori is pleased to support this initiative, as quite often during Mâori Language Week our focus is somewhat skewed towards wider societal messages for the language.  The opportunity to support an initiative that acknowledges our up and coming writers for whom te reo is an everyday enterprise, was just too good an opportunity to miss as a promotional drive during Mâori Language Week”, says Chief Executive Glenis Philip-Barbara.

“While Mâori Language Week is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate and use the language, we are mindful of the need to pay special recognition to the language heroes and champions for whom daily te reo Mâori use is the norm and we acknowledge them for the difference they are making in our communities”, says Glenis Philip-Barbara.

“We also congratulate LIANZA for adding this to their annual Library Week celebrations”.

To check out the interactive story, go to the Library Week website on www.libraryweek.org.nz

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