Minister of Culture George Maggie Angene presented the certificates to chairman George Paniani, Mauri Toa, Henrica Marona, Vae Papatua and George Matutu, in the presence of the 40 workshop participants.
Culture Secretary Anthony Turua acknowledged the valued contribution from out-going member Papa Tua Tuaputa, who has stepped down to move onto the Historical Places Committee.
Aitutaki’s Araura college Year 7 and 8 teacher Tukumate Riki Ngatuakana is attending the University of the South Pacific Maori Linguistics course.
She is also participating in the Te Kopapa Reo written seminar and is familiar with the usage of makarona (macron) and the amata (glottal stop).
“It’s not new, it’s only that people don’t use it any more,” she said. “This is good, especially for the younger generation who struggle or are learning the language.”
The workshop continues today from 1pm at the National Auditorium.