June 13, 2017
Local focus in new Maori language resources
Education Minister Nikki Kaye has promised more localised curriculum resources to support te reo Maori in both Maori medium and English medium kura and schools.
Budget 2017 included $7.6 million over four years for Maori language in curriculum resources, as well as $1.7 million to continue supporting the boards of trustees of Maori medium schools.
She says that’s on top of the $2 million already spent each year on Maori language resources for schools.
While the focus will be on priority areas such as literacy, numeracy, science and digital technology, there will also be materials using local stories about specific places and events, and materials that depict national and regional events such as the Maori Land Wars, the Treaty of Waitangi commemorations, and recognition of Maori leaders.
About 180,000 pupils participate in Maori language in education in Maori medium and English medium schools.
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