July 20, 2014
Labour to boost reo use in public service
Labour says it wants to boost the number of people using te reo Maori, particularly when interacting with government agencies.
Releasing its policy yesterday, spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta said Labour’s long term aspiration is that te reo Maori becomes a working language for all New Zealanders.
It promises to enhance government agencies’ capability to interact with citizens in te reo Maori.
That will involve developing a new a public sector-wide performance measure.
Labour will work with iwi and wider society to develop its strategy, and it will support the language efforts of individual hapu and iwi.
It will make the Education Review Office’s requirements concerning Maori culture more rigorous, so schools meet the needs of their Maori students.
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