Election 2014 - Party Policies - Te Reo

Election 2014 - Party Policies - Te Reo

Te Reo

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  • Work towards te reo and tikanga Māori being taught in all schools and available to all learners.
  • Increase funding levels so that there are adequate resources in te reo for kura, kohanga reo, and other full immersion and bilingual learners.
  • Increase the number of places and scholarships available annually for the training of Māori teachers and teachers able to teach in te reo.
  • Support community based initiatives for Māori language education to allow non school-age learners and those who study at home an opportunity to learn te reo Māori.
  • Remain committed to a dedicated Māori Television broadcasting service to play a major role in revitalising language and culture that is the birthright of every Māori and the heritage of every New Zealander. (more here)

  • Commit to Te Reo Maori as a working language and begin with ensuring it is able to be used in the public sector.
  • Engage and partner with hapu, iwi and wider society to develop an aligned Te Reo strategy to facilitate Te Reo Maori becoming a working language of New Zealand. 
  • Make sure that schools are meeting the needs of their Maori students by enhancing ERO’s reviews to make the requirements concerning Maori culture more rigorous. (more here)

  • Increase funding for te reo Māori programmes in homes and in the community, including establishing an independent national body for Te Ataarangi to enable the programme to be much more widely available.
  •  Ensure all whānau of kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa Māori, and wharekura have access to free Māori language classes.
  • Make te reo Māori a core curriculum subject in all English-medium schools alongside English, Maths, and Science, and develop a plan to ensure there are sufficient teachers and learning resources to deliver this policy.
  • Introduce te reo Māori competency standards into broadcasting licences, supported by the provision of appropriate training to enable standards to be met.
  •  Invest in research on how to support and build the contribution of kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa Māori, wharekura, and wānanga to language revival. (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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  • Ensure that the role of the Māori Language Commission is focused on actively protecting Māori language and culture, not under the guise of a Treaty obligation, but rather because they are the indigenous language and culture of New Zealand. (more here)

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