April 11, 2014
Hui defends kohanga legacy
The convenor of this weekend’s national hui on kohanga reo says the movement’s future must be set by Maoridom and not by government.
More than 1000 people from kohanga reo whanau and national Maori organisations gathered today at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia to discuss how the system of Maori language immersion early childhood education should be managed and governed.
Tukoroirangi Morgan says the movement is in crisis but it must survive.
" Thirty two years kohanga has been part of our lives. Its a taonga that has been bequeathed to us by our founding rangatira which includes Sir James Henare, Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu. All of those people have contributed to this movement so we have to honour their legacy " he says.
The hui runs until Sunday.
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