July 02, 2015
Te reo focus in Waikato Tainui education plan
Waikato-Tainui wants to see all its members connected with their marae and four out of five fluent in te reo Maaori by 2050.
Its new education plan, Ko te Mana Maatauranga, envisages that all members aged 15-plus will have an education qualification by that date.
Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust chief executive Parekawhia McLean says the plan was developed with extensive research, and consultation with tribal members and the education sector.
Its key principle is that whaanau is at the heart of lifelong learning and Waikato-Tainui will support all members to access educational opportunities throughout their lifetime.
She says only about a third of its people are fluent in the Waikato dialect, and that needs to be lifted to 80 percent,
Ms McLean says marae are the lifeblood of Waikato-Tainui and are at the heart of the tribal community, but only 70 percent of its people feel connected to a marae.
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