August 14, 2014
Reo bill counterproductive
The Auckland Languages Strategy Working Group says Pita Sharples' swansong Maori Language (Te Reo Maori) Bill could do more harm than good.
Spokesperson Susan Warren says the Bill doesn’t provide a clear plan of action of how it will advance Te Reo Maori.
She says strengthening the language requires ongoing financial, legislative and constitutional support from Government … which the bill fails to commit to.
Ms Warren says creating a new governance structure, Te Matawai, will siphon already scant funding from the areas of direct action to preserve, maintain, and promote Te Reo Maori, such as school and community initiatives.
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