June 03, 2014
Reo strategy fails to convince
Labour’s candidate for Tamaki Makaurau has taken aim at the swansong policy of the man he wants to replace.
Peeni Henare says being raised to speak te reo Maori, he considers it a key ingredient in the success of whanau.
But he says Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples’ plan to create a new super-body, Te Matawaia, to oversee the various te reo Maori agencies is unnecessary and unworkable, especially since it is being sold as a way to give mana back to iwi.
"I’ve always believed that the iwi have always had the mana, and if the government was meaningful in its response to te reo Maori, it would have included it in the tribal settlements we have witnessed over the past decade or two. I am passionate about te reo Maori. i encourage everyone to get into te reo Maori, just for the future and the benefits that it brings," Mr Henare says.
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