February 19, 2014
Reo for all key to survival
A group working on an Auckland Regional Languages Strategy is calling for te reo Maori to be promoted to all New Zealanders.
Language researcher John McCaffery says the Maori language strategy put up by Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples, which is now out for consultation, is aimed at Maori.
He says there is no proactive strategy or promotion of Te Reo for Pakeha and non-Maori.
Mr McCaffrey says his group, which includes members from many different language groups across Auckland, believes that if all New Zealanders spoke English, Te Reo Maori and one other language of their choice, the nation would become truly bilingual and bicultural nation.
He says that is only be possible if the resources of the education system are thrown behind the strategy.
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