February 22, 2016
Tainui reo vision applauded by Taura Whiri
The Maori language commission Te Taura Whiri i Te reo Maori is welcoming Waikato-Tainui's te reo plan.
The plan lauNched at the weekend's Waikato Tainui Games by the tribal executive Te Arataura calls for the iwi to work with a range of education providers to encourage more learning of te reo and tikanga.
The aim is that by 2050 80 percent of iwi members will be fluent, wherever in the world they live.
Te Taura Whiri chief executive Ngahiwi Apanui says it's an ambitious vision, but big dreams breed passion and passion breeds action.
He says the language is in a perilous state, and saving it is going to require the support of the multitudes.
Since 2001, the commission has distributed almost $2.4 million to whanau, hapu and iwi in Hamilton, Te Kuiti, Tokoroa and Raglan to run language classes and promote the language at events.
About 33 groups from the Waikato received Nga Tohu Reo Maori language awards during that period.
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