November 16, 2016
Education central to Auckland Maori ambitions
Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory board has identified education and training for young Maori as the initiative that will bring the most benefit to Maori and the region as a whole.
The board has released its Maori Report for Tamaki Makaurau, measuring progress towards the outcomes identified in its 2012 Maori Plan.
Chair David Taipari says since 2012 there has been an increase in the number of Maori completing qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths.
However, there are still high numbers of Maori aged between 15 and 24 who are not in education, employment or training, and new strategies are needed to engage those rangatahi.
The number of Maori who can hold a conversation in te reo Maori has dropped to 15 percent, and Mr Taipari says support for fluency in te reo, the use of te reo in everyday communication and its promotion and visibility in public places is as integral to Auckland’s growth and development as it is to the cultural health of Te Ao Maori.
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