November 17, 2016
Reo challenge task for schools
The chair of Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory board says the region’s schools need to be doing a lot more to support Maori language.
The board has just released its Auckland Report, which tracks progress on the outcomes identified in a 30-year Maori Plan for the supercity released in 2012.
David Taipari says it’s concerned at the continued decline in the number of Maori fluent in te reo.
That’s a problem for the whole community in what is the world’s largest Maori city.
"It needs to be strongly supported more by schools, We think it should be compulsory. Some have supported that strongly. Some have raised reservations about that. We don't know if the resources are going in the right areas," Mr Taipari says.
The role of the board is to work with council, so it needs to identify what the council can do to protect and expand the language.
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