Last week we told you about the te reo Māori Fortnite campaign which was up for a bunch of language awards – well, the awards happened and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWoA) is celebrating a victory royale with two wins.
The awards, hosted by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori on Friday, recognise Māori language initiatives and activities that took place through the year.
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa took the award for Mātauranga – Whānui/Education – Open for their Fortnite campaign. The Fortnite campaign was the idea of Social Media mastermind for TWoA, Ross McDougall.
“Using video games to normalise te reo Māori was an exciting opportunity. To be recognised within the Mātauranga – Whānui category for this was extremely rewarding,” he said.
TWoA also scored an award in the Mātauranga – Kaupapa Māori/Education – Māori Medium for their Taringa Punua Pāoho podcast.
Ross also said, “I’d like to acknowledge the efforts of Let’s Play Live, Amy Potter, Paraone Gloyne, Te Anga Nathan Te Iparu Creative Department, Twizz from Mindfreak, Brad Davidson at Hangarau, Kiley Diamond and our Fortnite gamers Uenuku Winitana, Mika Oka Haitana, Aniwa Haitana and Harley Hoani for their contributions.”
Congratulations to the team at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and everyone who helped make the campaign a success!