Maori Language Advisory Group to provide independent advice

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The Minister for Maori Development is pleased to announce the establishment of a Maori Language Advisory Group to provide independent and expert advice on the Maori Language (Te Reo Maori) Bill.

Im committed to ensuring we get this language legislation right, says Minister Flavell.

I wholeheartedly support the intention of the legislation which is to ensure iwi and M?ori lead the revival of te reo Maori but I see the value in working through the practical implications of the bill and making sure its as workable as it can be.

The initial members appointed to the Maori Language Advisory Group are Dr Wharehuia Milroy, Charisma Rangipunga, Dr Ruakere Hond, Dr Rawinia Higgins and Charlie Te Pana. The group will be holding its first meeting next week.

Im thrilled with the mix of language experience in this group.

Tmaori language week.1hey represent key strands in te reo Maori revitalisation including understanding language law, language planning, an academic understanding of te reo and involvement with community language initiatives, says Mr Flavell.

The group will provide direct advice to the Minister including any changes to policy intent and legislation. It will be supported by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo M?ori and Te Puni Kokiri.

For a copy of the terms of reference for the M?ori Language Advisory Group go online towww.tpk.govt.nz/mi/a-matou-mohiotanga/

The Maori Language (Te Reo Maori) Bill is currently with the Maori Affairs Select Committee and it will provide a report to the House by the end of March 2015.

The independent Group will not affect the work of the Maori Affairs Select Committee. I look forward to also receiving their recommendations on the Bill, says Mr Flavell.

The Maori Language Advisory Group will provide a final written report about its assessment of the Maori Language (Te Reo Maori) Bill to the Minister by 31 July 2015.

 

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