Mana Pounamu Awards Ceremony October 23, 2015.

By Jane Johnson and Emma Samuels | Posted: Friday November 27, 2015

Our two recipients of this years Mana Pounamu awards are Emma Samuels (Ngai Tahu/ Cook Island Maori, year 11 Junior) and Jacobi Kohu-Morris (Ngai Te Rangi/ Ngati Ranginui, year 13 Senior).

Both students are leading members of Tupuranga, our Maori and Pacifica Leadership Group, and have presented Maori Language Month/Te Marama o te Reo in assemblies and given feedback on our Building on Success/Kia Eke Panuku curriculum programmes. They both take Kaitiaki roles in the Whanau room and belong to the school’s Kapa Haka group. Emma studies Te Reo as one of her Year 11 subjects.

Emma and Jacobi travelled to the 2015 national Secondary Schools’ Shakespearean Festival, along with other talented members of the school’s Kapa Haka group, to perform in the Sarah Spicer-directed, LPHS extract from Othello , which won both the regional and NZ prize for the best 15 minute performance. Jacobi took the lead role of Othello and delivered his part with fluency in both Te Reo Maori and English.

Jacobi has performed as a top speaker in the regional 2013-14 Nga Manu Korero Speech contests and Emma has been part of the support group at both regional and national contests. Both students have fund-raised through school concerts, raffles and hangi to help with air fares and accommodation expenses for all students to attend Nga Manu Korero events. Emma and Jacobi have also been part of our LPHS Mihi Whakatau to welcome new students at the beginning of each year as members of the Kapa Haka group, with Jacobi as a school speaker in 2014 and 2015.

Jacobi’s interest in his own Ngai Te Rangi/Ngati Ranganui whakapapa led to his research on the 1864 Tauranga Battle of Gate Pa. This Tauranga iwi resistance to the NZ Government Maori land confiscation was then compared to a 19th century Native American Indian Sioux/Cheyenne Resistance Movement and won him the New Zealand History Teachers’ research prize in year 12.

In 2016, Jacobi will study Law, Economics and Politics at Otago University, supported by an Otago University Academic Scholarship. Meanwhile Emma will return to school as a year 12 student studying Te Reo, English, Drama, Accounting, Statistics and Hospitality.

Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini

Success should not be bestowed on me alone, as it was not individual success but success of a collective or community.

Mana Pounamu 2015 - Emma Samuels

On the 23rd of October the Mana Pounamu Awards Ceremony was held at the Teachers College Auditorium.

Two students from Logan Park High School were accepting awards. Jacobi Kohu-Morris won the Tuakana (senior) award and I (Emma Samuels) the Teina (junior) award.

Mana Pounamu is always an exciting experience with guest speakers enriching our minds with Te Reo and Tikanga. This year saw both LPHS recipients take home extra prizes.

Jacobi was awarded the prestigious ‘Otago Daily Times English Award”, and I won a “Hands-On Scholarship” to attend a week long workshop with the University of Otago. Both Jacobi and I are very grateful for the acknowledgement and we both pay tribute to LPHS staff for their continued support.

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