5 Feb 2014

Radio awards honour Horomia

6:32 am on 5 February 2014

This year's Maori Radio Awards will be held in the honour of a former Maori Affairs Minister - the late Parekura Horomia.

Parekura Horomia 1950-2013.

Parekura Horomia 1950-2013. Photo: LABOUR PARTY

The ceremony on 12 April at Rotorua will recognise contributions made by stations and their members to the industry as well as promoting the Maori language.

In total, 17 awards will be handed out - including three new titles.

A member of the 2014 Iwi Radio Committee, Erana Keelan-Reedy says one of those is called the Parekura Horomia Reo-a-iwi award, and recognises a station's contribution to promoting their tribal dialect and stories.

She says it is fitting to hold the event in his name because Mr Horomia had a lot of love for Maori Radio Stations, and the work undertaken by staff.

Ms Keelan-Reedy says the award is sponsored by Ngati Porou and the iwi of Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti.