About the award
Information about the Te Rangaunua Hiranga Māori Award.
Background of the award
The name Te Rangaunua Hiranga Māori calls upon concepts of Waka voyaging, as waka played a key role in our history within the last millennium as well as pre-Aotearoa. Ranga is the short form of Rangahau (Research). The word Ranga has been combined with the word unua from Waka Unua (double hull canoe) to emphasise the idea of co-creation. The word Hiranga means excellence of the highest standard.
I takea mai te ingoa o Te Rangaunua Hiranga Māori i ngā ariā terenga waka o te ao tawhito, inā hoki, ko ngā waka tētahi wāhi nui o tō tātou hītori i roto i te mano tau ka hipa ake, ā, i mua atu hoki i te wehenga mai i Hawaiki. He whakapotonga te kupu Ranga o te kupu rangahau (tōna tikanga ko te rapu mōhiotanga). Kua haumitia te kupu Ranga ki roto i te kupu unua, mai i Waka Unua (he waka takere rua) hei whakakaha i te whakaaro Hanga-kōtui. Te tikanga o te kupu hiranga ko te toi o te kahurangi.
The award is for co-created research conducted by Māori. In this regard the concept for this award is taken from an interpretation of the meaning of the word “rangaunua”. In this instance the ranga part of the word relates to a team of people and the unua references the concept of lashing parts together. The design depicts a double hulled waka and refers to the concept of collaboration and co-operation as symbolised when bringing together the components that make up a vessel of strength and durability. The bronze casting is professionally cast and picks up the finest of detail as in the binding. Design: Ross Hemera.