The Me Noho Takatū project has won the local government category of Ngā Tohu Reo Māori – The National Māori Language Awards.
Me Noho Takatū meaning 'Be Prepared' was developed by a Hawke's Bay collaborative working group providing bilingual resources for Hawke's Bay Kōhanga Reo and Early Childhood Education kaiako/teachers, whānau and children, to support their knowledge of planning for local civil defence emergencies.
The resources include a bilingual book (Te Hīkoi a Rūaumoko/Rūaumoko’s Walk) based on Kahungunu legends and dialect telling the story of what to do in an earthquake with a subsequent tsunami threat. A one page emergency plan template was also developed along with a teachers’ pack with teaching and learning ideas and bilingual child-friendly emergency planning resources to distribute to whanau/families.
The collaborative working group included representatives from the Hawke’s Bay offices of Civil Defence, the Ministry of Education, the Kōhanga Reo Trust, Te Puni Kōkiri, Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, and Te ūranga Waka at the Eastern Institute of Technology.
Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Manager Ian Macdonald says the project has been a huge success, with many other regions looking to develop a similar resource.
“After the workshops teachers were motivated to update their service’s emergency plans, engage with the local civil defence office and distribute the resources to the whānau from their centres,” says Mr Macdonald.
Project coordinator Jae Sutherland says it is fantastic that all the hard work of the project team has been recognised.
“Credit goes to the Me Noho Takatū Project Team, a generous and talented group of local individuals and organisations, who gave their time, expertise and aroha to make beautiful resources for our tamariki and our mokopuna” says Jae Sutherland.
The project was largely funded from the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Resilience Fund, which aims to enhance resilience to civil defence emergencies through the development of local and regional civil defence emergency management capability.
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