November 19, 2012
Compulsory Māori on party agenda
Labour's education spokesperson says remits passed at the party conference pave the way for the next Labour Government to make strides on having all New Zealand school children learning Te Reo Māori.
Nanaia Mahuta says the remits included detail on funding more Māori teachers and ensuring Te Reo Māori was accessible to all schools and not just those where there is a large group of Māori parents pushing for it.
"Ultimately we want to see compulsory Te Reo Māori delivered in schools and this opens the way for a whole new opportunity to recognise the place of culture, language and identity within our mainstream education system. It's a good move," she says.
Ms Mahuta says Labour's new KiwiBuild housing policy also offers the best prospects for Māori home ownership since the Kirk-Rowling government of the 1970s allowed people to get the deposit on a whare by capitalising their family benefit payments.
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