Ngati Porou appointed to top Te Taura Whiri admin position

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Ngati Porou educationalist Glenis Philip-Barbara has been appointed the new Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori, the Maori Language Commission.

She is currently director of business development at Gisborne’s Tairawhiti Polytechnic.

Ms Philip-Barbara says it’s her dream job.

The reason I took this job is because I love the Maori language strategy and I like the direction Taura Whiri is moving and thats really about taking our reo and putting it back into the homes of our people, embedding it in the framework of our nation as a normal part of our everyday lives. I mean thats the vision that had me apply for the job in the first place. Thats where my heart is, Ms Philip-Barbara says.

As a teacher and researcher she has seen the powerful positive impact that learning te reo Maori has for Maori and the insight gained by non- Maori people who take the time to learn.

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