September 15, 2017
Reo for all long term aim
Labour deputy leader Kelvin Davis would like to see every child given the opportunity to study te reo Maori.
The party revealed this morning what steps it might take to reach that goal.
Mr Davis says his own journey was helped by his high school giving te reo Maori six months of lessons to every third former, before they moved to other language options.
He says the language is mainly heard today on the marae and in kura kaupapa.
"We need to change that. We need it to be universally available in our communities and we can only do that if all members of our communities know how to speak the language. That is our aspirational goal – in time Maori can conduct their business in Maori out in the street, out in the community," Mr Davis says.
The latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll released last night puts Labour one point up from last week at 44 percent, with National also recovering a point to be 40 percent.
The Greens look to be recovering some momentum at 7 percent, up 2, but New Zealand First fell 3 points to 6 percent,
TOP was steady on 2 percent and the Maori Party fell back to 1 percent.
Ten percent of respondents indicated they still didn’t know why they would vote for, and 5 percent wouldn’t say.
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