This year’s awards will be held Friday 3rd December 2021

The Kawenata Awards is a prestigious event that celebrates contribution and achievement across all sectors of Te Nehenehenui and is open to Ngāti Maniapoto living locally and abroad, and all ethnicities residing in the Te Nehenehenui region since the 1st of December of the previous awards event.

Te Kawenata: On the 25th December 1903, a great hui was held at the Māhoenui residence of Te Rangituataka Tākerei (a sibling of direct ancestor to Dr Rongo Wetere) to discuss a way forward for Ngāti Maniapoto.

The hui was attended by Ngāti Maniapoto kaumātua, rangatira, and taitamariki, at a time when all the paramount leaders of Ngāti Maniapoto had passed.  Ngāti Maniapoto had become divided.  Some of the iwi gravitated to the laws of the government, some followed the Kīngitanga and others gravitated to the prophets of Parihaka, Taranaki.

One week after the hui was held, on the 1st January 1904, Te Kawenata o Ngāti Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha was constituted and signed by all who attended the hui.  The Kawenata laid dormant until it was reintroduced in recent years as a basis for the Ngāti Maniapoto Treaty Settlement and the proposed Post Settlement Governance Entity.

The Awards: In December 2019, Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) established and hosted the first Kawenata Awards at the Māhoenui Memorial Hall.  The Awards was created to generate awareness for the renaissance of the 1904 Covenant.

Key aspects of the Kawenata and the 1903 gathering have been carefully infused and contextualised across the Awards event and ceremony, as an indirect educational tool of learning for all who participate.

One week after the hui was held, on the 1st January 1904, Te Kawenata o Ngāti Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha was constituted and signed by all who attended the hui.  The Kawenata laid dormant until it was reintroduced in recent years as a basis for the Ngāti Maniapoto Treaty Settlement and the proposed Post Settlement Governance Entity.

AROHA AWARDS

Defined by individuals who are regarded considerate and respectful. These are individuals who contribute in meaningful ways and preserve dignity and integrity of oneself and others.

WHAKAPONO AWARDS

Defined by individuals who are spirited and trustworthy. These are individuals who see beyond the present time and devote time and energy unconditionally.

TURE AWARDS

Defined by individuals who can collaborate and navigate. These are individuals who generate relationships and remain honest and impartial always.

MĀORITANGA AWARDS

Defined by individuals who are dedicated practitioners in their field. These are individuals who maintain traditional and contemporary principles and personify their practises endlessly.

KOTAHITANGA AWARDS

Defined by individuals who are inclusive and fair minded. These are individuals who embrace all aspects of life and everything in it and consider the holistic wellbeing of the universe.

TE RANGITUATAKA SUPREME AWARD

This award symbolises leadership, nobility and wisdom and is presented to the recipient who has unreservedly demonstrated these attributes.

He whakawaioha i te ngākau aroha me te manawa tutuki

Celebrating contribution & achievement

Awards Eligibility: The awards recognises contribution and achievement, and are open to Ngāti Maniapoto living locally and abroad, and all ethnicities residing in the Te Nehenehenui region since the 1st of December of the previous awards event.  Online nominations open in October and close in November.  Nominations are then shortlisted and judged by a panel and all finalists are notified accordingly thereafter.

In the 2 years since conception, the Awards has had the pleasure of the Hon. Nanaia Mahuta, Hon. Willie Jackson, Mayor of Waitomo District, John Robertson, Mayor of Ōtorohanga District, Max Baxter and his wife Lindsay Baxter of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.  Guests travel great distance to attend in their neck ties and floor length dresses to celebrate the contributions and achievements of our people.

A nominee must give their consent before a nomination is submitted. All completed nominations will be assessed and moderated by a panel of Judges and all finalists will be notified by email.

25 category awards and 1 Supreme Award are presented annually by Stage Presenters, Paul Rauputu and TVNZ Breakfast Host, Jenny-May Clarkson.

Due to the uncertainty around COVID-19, the Awards will be presented online at 6pm, Friday 3rd December.  As an organisation we are excited that technology allows us to be able to connect with our people of home and our people living away from home.

For enquiries, please contact us at awards@maniapoto.co.nz

The Kawenata Awards this year are proudly supported by: