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524RE: Linguapax Prize 2009 to Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira

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  • Don Osborn
    Feb 21, 2009
      I've put up a quick blog posting on this which has some more info and links.

      2009 Linguapax Prize winner: Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira
      Posted on February 21st, 2009 by Don

      Maori language activist, educator and author Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira of
      New Zealand (or Aotearoa as it is known in Maori) is the recipient of the
      2009 Linguapax Prize (source, Hispanidad press agency). She has been active
      for 30 years on Maori language issues. In 2001 she was recognized in New
      Zealand with the Te Waka Toi Exemplary Award. The press release on the
      latter mentioned further that

      "Among her many achievements Katerina has been affectionately described as
      the mother of Kura Kaupapa Maori, having co-authored Te Aho Matua – the
      philosophy and charter for kaupapa Mäori schools.

      "In 1996, Katerina’s lifetime contribution to te reo Mäori was recognised by
      Waikato University when she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. A year later,
      she was named in the Queen’s Honours List as a Companion of the New Zealand
      Order of Merit." (Scoop.co.nz, 2001/10/23)

      Huia Publishers has a short bio on Katrina Te Heikoko Mataira in which she
      is described as a prolific writer. Bookfinder.com has a list of several of
      her publications in Maori and English.

      Linguapax awards the Prize annually on International Mother Language Day.
      This is the eighth year that the prize as been awarded.
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