September 14, 2022
More resource needed to meet re reo goals
The Maori Principals Association Te Akatea and New Zealand Education Institute Te Riu Roa say more funding is needed to build te reo Māori capability in educators.
NZEI president Liam Rutherford says Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori shows there is a widespread desire to see te reo Māori grow and prosper.
But he says government needs to do more to ensure tamariki Māori can access excellent education in and through te reo Māori.
This year’s successful pay equity claim for kaiārahi i te reo Māori was one step towards recognition of the value of skilled proponents of te reo, but the union also wants greater recognition of teachers with te reo Māori me ngā tikanga expertise, and for increases in resourcing for upskilling the reo of Māori teachers already in schools.