Hon Hekia Parata
Minister of Education
27 August 2015
Original waiata wins Supreme Award
A Year 8 student who composed and sung his own waiata has won the Supreme Award for a school competition honouring the
28th (Māori) Battalion, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.
Korakotaiwaha Kawana is one of two Supreme Award winners of the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial
Scholarship Fund Board Challenge.
“The Challenge asks students to prepare a creative commemoration of the role that Māori played in the World Wars using
21st century tools,” says Ms Parata.
“Korakotaiwaha rose to that challenge with an outstanding original waiata which reflected the bravery and sacrifice of
the 28th (Māori) Battalion. His lyrics wove together the right and privilege of Māori to participate in battle and were
The exciting calibre of this year’s entries has resulted in there being two winners of the Supreme Award, worth $1500
Year 12 student Rereao Taite also won the Supreme Award for her artwork which focussed on Gallipoli and commanded
attention through its exceptional use of colour, imagery, symbolism and lighting.
Prizes were awarded to nine entries from a total of 30 applications received.
“I’d like to congratulate all nine winners of the Challenge for 2015. They have set the bar high for next year’s