Te Ahu o te Reo Māori: more information

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori represents the Government's commitment to strengthen and grow an education workforce that can integrate te reo Māori into the learning of all ākonga in Aotearoa by 2025.

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori logo.

I ahu mai a Te Ahu o te Reo Māori i hea? | What are the origins of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori?

In 2018, a group of mātanga (mātauranga and te reo Māori experts) advised Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education) Hon Kelvin Davis about two initiatives, one of which was Te Ahu o te Reo Māori.

Their report, He Puna Whakaaro Mō Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori me Te Kawa Matakura supported an initiative that:

  • Accelerates the use of te reo Māori in English medium
  • Strengthens te reo Māori in Māori medium
  • Improves te reo Māori acquisition and proficiency for kaiako and teachers
  • Contributes to system change that values and prioritises te reo Māori in education.

He Puna Whakaaro Mō Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori me Te Kawa Matakura [PDF. 2.6MB]

The mātanga expert panel involved in designing Te Ahu o te Reo Māori are:

  • Dr Ruakere Hond
  • Dr Will Edwards
  • Quinton Hita
  • Moe Milne ONMZ
  • Kingi Kiriona
  • Sir Timoti Karetu KNZM
  • Rahui Papa
  • Paraone Gloyne
  • Darlia Walker
  • Dr Hana O’Regan
  • Dr Ihirangi Heke
  • Pakake Winiata
  • Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr
  • Professor Poia Rewi
  • Sir Hector Busby
  • Hirini Henare

Watch the video below to see the launch of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori in April 2019 at Matangireia, Parliament House, by Minister Davis.

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori programme launches – TVNZ website (external link)

Ka noho te reo Māori hei akoranga me mātua tutuki ki ngā kura? | Does this mean te reo Māori will be compulsory in schools?

There are no plans to make te reo Māori a compulsory subject for ākonga and students to learn.

The Ministry of Education is guided by Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success and Tau Mai Te Reo strategies and shares the Government’s commitment to the Maihi Karauna.

We aspire to improve te reo Māori proficiency and acquisition across the education workforce, so that together we can create an education system that integrates te reo Māori into the learning of all ākonga and students in Aotearoa New Zealand.

E hia te rahi o te tahua putea hei whakatinana i  Te Ahu o te Reo Māori? | How much is the investment for delivery of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori?

Budget 2018 committed $1.1 million of new operating funding in 2017/18, plus $11.4 million operating funding over the following three years, for a package of initiatives to lift capability across the system for delivering quality te reo Māori education.

He mea tautoko ngā rautaki reo Māori me ngā rautaki mātauranga e Te Ahu o te Reo Māori? | Are the Māori language and education strategies supported by Te Ahu o te Reo Māori?

Yes. Te Ahu o te Reo Māori contributes to Ministry of Education strategies Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo. These strategies are underpinned by the Maihi Karauna.

Maihi Karauna

Maihi Karauna is the Crown's Māori language strategy which contributes to creating a society where te reo Māori is normalised, valued, learned and used, by developing policies and services to support language revitalisation.

Maihi Karauna (external link)

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success is the Ministry of Education's strategy to rapidly change how the education system performs so that all ākonga gain the skills, qualifications and knowledge they need to enjoy and achieve education success as Māori.

Ka Hikitia

Tau Mai Te Reo

Tau Mai Te Reo expresses what the Ministry of Education and education sector agencies will do for learners of Māori language in education.

  • having the courage and confidence to use te reo Māori
  • facilitation of communities of practice so participants can support each other
  • using the learnings (games, karakia, mihi, waiata) more in daily activities.

Tau Mai Te Reo – The Māori Language in Education Strategy 2013-2017

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