NOHANZ congratulates Taina Tangaere-McGregor
Taina was recently named as a Kiwibank Local Hero 2017
I am delighted to let you all know that Taina was recently named as a Kiwibank Local Hero 2017. The awards “aim to identify & reward everyday people doing extraordinary things in their local communities. The Local Hero Awards recognises the enormous contribution, sacrifice and commitment of Kiwis who selflessly work to make their local communities a better place.”
The medal presentation ceremony was held in the Banquet Hall at Parliament on Monday, with 35 Wellingtonians being honoured (I am sure you will recognise a number of the names). There is a photo and list on the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year website (under News). http://nzawards.org.nz/news/
Taina’s citation reads:
Taina Tangaere-McGregor (Wellington)
Taina is of Ngati Porou descent and is passionate about preserving the history of the achievements of her race.
Now in her seventies, she still works tirelessly for Alexander Turnbull library as an oral history adviser for Maori. She travels the length and breadth of Aotearoa to interview multitudes of people both Maori and Pakeha.
Taina trains Maori people to effectively archive their oral history and works tirelessly to preserve the Maori language for generations to come.
She is creative and through teaching other Maori how to use video cameras, she is keeping interest in the Maori language alive in the present population.
Ngā mihi nui me te aroha nui Taina