May 18, 2017
Urban pick has record of contribution to reo
Hemi Dale, the director of Maori medium education at The University of Auckland, has been appointed as the urban Maori representative on Maori language body Te Matawai.
He replaces broadcaster and Manukau Urban Maori Authority chair Willie Jackson, who stood down to concentrate on standing as a Labour Party candidate.
Mr Dale has written extensively on ways to teach te reo in schools and measure progress.
Pania Papa, the Waikato Tainui representative on Te Matawai, says he is a good example of someone who has pursued the language in an urban context.
"He's got an affinity with the urban space, he has a deep appreciation and love for te reo and is committed to building the guild of teachers who are moving in to rumaki total immersion environments to become teachers of te reo. That is a huge commitment as well. I think he will be fine in there," she says.
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