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Māori fungi book wins at 2018 Education Awards

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The book Ngā Hekaheka o Aotearoa has won Best Te Reo Resource in the Primary Resources category at the 2018 Copyright Licencing Education Awards.

The creators of the new pukapuka (book) received the award last week at the uLearn18 conference in Auckland.

Ngā Hekaheka o Aotearoa (Fungi of New Zealand) is written in te reo Māori and helps ākonga (students) at kura kaupapa Māori (Māori language immersion schools) reconnect with traditional Māori knowledge about mushrooms and their relatives. 

The pukapuka shares mātauranga (Māori knowledge) about fungi, shows how these organisms feed, grow and reproduce, and highlights why fungi are so important in our forests and other environments.

It was created by scientist Peter Buchanan at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research in collaboration with Māori education specialist Georgina Stewart at AUT, experienced translator Hēni Jacob, and skilled designers and publishers at Huia NZ.

Peter says, "It was a pleasant surprise and very encouraging to hear that we'd won an award.

"Personally I’m a novice in terms of both te reo and educational resources, so the award is very much recognition of the work created by the rest of the team – from the scientifically appropriate translations to the effective and attractive illustrations, design and publishing."

The Copyright Licensing Education Awards recognise the success of New Zealand resource providers in the education market and standout contributions made in both New Zealand classrooms and overseas. This year, kaiako (teachers) from around the country joined the official panel of education experts and cast their votes to add their choice of best resources to the judge’s selections.

Ngā Hekaheka o Aotearoa was created and published with support from the Unlocking Curious Minds contestible fund.

Find out how the book is used by kaiako and ākonga

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