Election 2014 - Party Policies - Te Reo

Election 2014 - Party Policies - Te Reo

Te Reo

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  • Establish an independent Te Reo Māori Authority elected by Māori voters at general elections.  The Authority will be responsible for the protection of Te Reo Māori and Mātauranga Māori.
  • All funding currently spent by government through its agencies will now be allocated by the Authority – including the funding that is currently spent by the Ministry of Education, Te Puni Kōkiri, and Te Māngai Paho, and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.
  • Ngā Kōhanga Reo, Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori, Ngā Wānanga, and all Te Reo Māori providers will be funded by the Authority rather than the Ministry of Education or the Tertiary Education Commission.
  • It will approve the curriculum for Te Reo Māori and Mātauranga Māori that is followed at all levels in mainstream early childhood centres, schools, and tertiary institutions, and will fund these activities.
  • It will be responsible for achieving a nation in which 100% of all New Zealanders can hold a conversation in Te Reo Māori by 2040. (more here)

  • Rūnanga-a-Reo will be established in nine regions to plan programmes, expenditure and evaluation for whānau, hapū and iwi based language.
  • We will establish the Heikoko fund to boost the number of te reo speakers.
  • We will establish a Minister for Māori language with powers to determine all matters pertaining to te reo.
  • We will establish a Board, Te Matawai, for te reo Māori with operational, policy and funding responsibility. The Board shall comprise language experts representing the seven dialectal regions.
  • Te reo Māori will be compulsorily available in schools by 2015. (more here)

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