Value of te Reo Maori to be measured in new study

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Maori research group Nga Pae o te Maramatanga wants to identify how the Maori language adds value to society.

Director Charles Royal says the study, Te Pae Tawhiti or the distant horizon, will look at issues like economic development, cultural identity and social cohesion.

He says New Zealand as a nation seems unconvinced about the value of te reo Maori.

What we are attempting to do with this piece of research is try and understand the way the language enriches the lives of all New Zealanders and New Zealand society generally and the economy generally and what might be the potential contribution of the language in years to come, Dr Royal says.

The study will also look at how more people can be encouraged to use te reo Maori.

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