Te Reo Māori in schools

Te Reo Māori in schools

We request that the House of Representatives support all children in Aotearoa New Zealand learning te reo Māori in their school

He tono tā mātou, me kaha tautoko e te Whare Pāremata ko te reo Māori me ōna tini tikanga hei kaupapa matua i ngā kura katoa o Aotearoa nei


Latest Supporters

  • My son is 15 and wants to learn the reo. His high School does not offer it so he has been doing it Correspondence, the materials are disappointing. booklets made in the 1990s and refer to ‘tapes’. He does have a DVD and some is getting converted to online. Unfortunately it has been poorly managed and he is losing interest fast. This to me is so sad when it is our country’s official language. What an opportunity lost. Make it compulsory for all children and then we can all embrace our country’s unique heritage. Nice initiative Green!
    Michelle 2017-08-21 12:52:13 +1200
  • tara 2017-08-21 10:16:01 +1200
  • Isabella 2017-08-20 12:38:54 +1200
  • My daughter is ten years old and a dual citizen of NZ and Sweden. She speaks fluent English (with a lovely Kiwi accent of course), French and Swedish. My daughter currently attends the French Lycee in Stockholm and is consistantly high performing in all her subjects, which includes coding and cursive writing in the curriculum. She has been doing track since she was 5 years old, and she swims three times a week. She also attends a theatre classfor three hours on a Saturday. On top of all this, she has recently started learning Te Reo Maori at home via the internet. It is her hope to be able to soon show all Kiwi kids that learning a second, or third or even a fourth language is only a gift of nature and will not take away anything from their ability to learn other things. Infact it’s the opposite. Te Reo Maori is a wonderful language and it is so practical. Being on a remote island it is a way to expose children to a second language that they can actually use and that has meaning. Language is so relative to your surroundings. When we lived in Strasbourg, France, naturally German was her second language at school (how good is your geography). Maori must become a mandatory language at primary school in New Zealand. It only needs to be for two hours a week (which seems to be the standard here in Europe). Like I said, my daughter’s goal is to learn Te Reo as her fourth language, to prove that it is only a benefit to Kiwi kids, watch this space!
    Sarah 2017-08-18 07:03:07 +1200
  • This is true bi-culturalism, the only way to bridge the gap, and would be a huge honour and blessing for the growing brains of our little ones.
    Yasmeen 2017-08-17 22:25:53 +1200
  • For this to happen a Government would need to grow some balls and make it compulsory, sighting the Tireti of Waitangi, which clearly states that Te Reo me Tikanga Maori will be upheld through educational, and be pepared to resource it including specialist teachers and be prepared to take the flack froma lot of anti – people/schools and not back down!
    Mike 2017-08-16 20:16:36 +1200
  • This is a great idea. As NZ has not got a great deal of heritage that dates back thousands of years, we need to hang onto what makes our society unique and special. I’m currently a year 11 student in school wishing I’d learnt Maori, just so I’d be able to understand native Maori conversation and have a point of difference
    Holly 2017-08-16 19:10:39 +1200
  • Jasmine 2017-08-16 11:50:43 +1200
  • Jonathan 2017-08-14 16:38:57 +1200
  • Te reo Māori is protected under the treaty of Waitangi. If we can put this “protection” into practice then it will survive, allowing the same principles to be applied to the maintenance of NZ sign language, the 3rd official language.
    Rosalie 2017-08-11 23:25:28 +1200

The Green Party supports universal te reo Māori in all public schools.  We have a responsibility to ensure that our indigenous language thrives in Aotearoa, and introducing all children to it at school is the best way to make that happen.  Learning a second language has proven benefits for children, as does Māori students being immersed in their own culture. Learning a language is also a fantastic way to respect, value and connect with a culture that isn’t your own.

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