September 03, 2018
Reo vision draws strong comments
Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says a goal to have one million New Zealanders speaking basic te reo Māori by 2040 has captured the nation’s interest.
More than 300 responses have already come in to the Crown’s draft Māori language strategy, which was released for comment last month.
Reactions range from enthusiastic support to people saying the strategy is unrealistic and unachieveable.
Some submitters want the fast track the goal of valuing Māori as part of national identity, while others says language should not be a defining measure of national identity.
Ms Mahuta says wider themes also emerging on the role of teachers, compulsory reo Māori in schools and the place of non-Māori New Zealanders in the future of the language.
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