Recent news items continue to debate the question of whether teaching of Te Reo Maori in schools should be compulsory, and how it could be implemented.
The discussions follow on from Trade Minister Tim Groser’s personal comments in April on The Nation, where he said that Maori should be taught to every five year old.
The Auckland Independent Maori Statutory Board released its 30 year Maori Plan at the start of this month and said that Te Reo Maori should be compulsory in Auckland schools.
The New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa (NZEI), are in support of the call for compulsory teaching and note that it would need support by more training for teachers in te reo.
The call also has support from Newton Central Primary.
Te Reo Tuatahi who are based in Auckland have promoted the Mandarin Language Assistant model as an example of how this could be done.