May 13, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Review calls for Maori language minister (TVNZ)

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More encouragement for people to speak te reo Maori in homes is one of the main recommendations of a Maori language review.

Te Paepae Motuhake suggests in its review the government needs to strengthen its focus on communities and families speaking te reo to children. The report also recommends the creation of board charged with establishing the use of te reo in homes, and the appointment of a dedicated Maori language minister.

Around $600 million is spent every year on keeping the Maori language alive through schools, broadcasting and education.

The Maori Language Review was called for by Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples last year. Sharples welcomed the report which also recommends a new infrastructure for governance.

“Our language is a symbol of our identity and our status as tangata whenua, and a priceless gift we want to share with the nation,” he said.

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