Rotorua consultation on the proposed Maori Language Strategy, Tues 11 Feb 6pm

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Consultation hui on the proposed new Maori Language Strategy will take place between 10 21 February 2014, announced Maori Affairs Minister, Dr. Pita Sharples.

pita sharples 19.1Dr. Sharples said Te Reo Maori is unique to us in Aotearoa. Its the indigenous language of this place, and in the lead up to Waitangi Day its important to remember our collective responsibility to protect our unique language, culture and identity.

The draft strategy, which I released in December, proposes that we focus on supporting language learning in the home; and also outlines new governance arrangements for Te Taura Whiri, Te Mangai Paho and the Maori Television Service which would give Maori/iwi an increased governance role.

Dr Sharples said these consultation hui are an opportunity to put forward your views on these proposals and the Governments planned approach to supporting Te Reo Maori into the future.

Dr. Sharples will be presenting the draft Maori Language Strategy to Iwi Leaders during the Waitangi celebrations in the Bay of Islands this week. He will also attend all consultation hui being held across the country.

Details about each hui are listed below, and information on the proposed new Maori Language Strategy is available on the Te Puni Kokiri websitewww.tpk.govt.nz. Anyone who wishes to make a written submission on the proposals may do so by email or post. The closing date for written submissions is 28 February 2014. Details of how to make a written submission are available on the Te Puni Kokiri web site.

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