March 07, 2021
Compulsory reo next step for policy push
Education, equity and te reo Māori are high on the agenda of the newest Māori member of Labour’s powerful policy council.
Henderson Massey Local Board member Will Flavell was elected to the role by party members, alongside E Tū Union Assistant National Secretary Annie Newman and educationalist Bali Haque.
Dr Flavell says his years in the classroom, as well as his current position overseeing Māori strategy for Comet Auckland, has given him an insight into how inequity affects families â€“ and how COVID-19 restrictions has made that even tougher.
There are also education kaupapa on the agenda.
"The announcement of New Zealand history a couple of years ago as a compulsory component of the New Zealand education system, I hope te reo Māori can be the next step because I think it's really important for all New Zealand children have access to te reo Māori as a language. That's a particular area of policy I'm really keen to push," he says.
Dr Flavell says he would like to see the party get behind more of the recommendations of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group.
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