Some major issues impacting te reo Māori

Some of the following issues have been the subject of extremely long and ongoing debate in terms of te reo Māori, and others not so common or even non-existent in public or open forum discussions. I think these statements would make the top of my list in issues currently impacting the language. If you feel strongly about other issues that need to be addressed with a focus on seeking possible remedial strategies, then you can add your own statement to the poll in the space provided.

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  1. #1 by Wayne Stevens on 11/11/2013 - 10:13 am

    I believe strongly that Te Reo Maori should be taught alongside English in all Primary Schools and Intermediate Schools across NZ. It should be compulsory and there should be no exceptions. I am from England and have been a permanent resident for 5 years – my children are 5 and 6 years of age and currently have little access to Te Reo which is scandalous in my opinion. Could you imagine moving to England and not being able to access the English language? I will support any move to bring Te Reo into our schools in any way that I can. Please contact me to let me know how I can help.

    • #2 by michaeltaiapa on 14/11/2013 - 3:10 pm

      Kia ora Wayne, your thoughts are well received and unfortunately they are very common among many who share similar concerns. It has been over 40 years since the early 70’s when a renaissance in te reo Māori revitalisations efforts began. An effort that ushered in, among other things: the beginning of Māori language week, the establishment of Kohanga Reo, the recognition of Māori as the official language of NZ, and the establishment of the Māori Language Commission. As the indigenous first language of this land, it is incomprehensible that in the last 40 years it is nationally celebrated for only 1 out of 52 weeks of the year which has no real lasting effect in the long run in terms of helping learners become competent speakers of the language. Conversely, te reo Māori as a required subject across the mainstream education system would have a far greater impact on increasing fluent speakers, progress and development. I speak and write both Māori and English and couldn’t imagine going to the UK where they didn’t teach English as a main subject or couldn’t access it.

      If Māori is not available in schools, it may help to talk to the principal to discuss some options (e.g. sourcing a Māori language teacher preferably a local and resources), then creating a plan of action. It is, however, sometimes hard where these resources may not be readily available in any given area. It may, therefore, be helpful for the principal to talk to the Māori Language Commission for further advice. In the meantime, the desire to teach te reo Māori should begin with the desire to learn it as best we can and with the many resources available to us On-line, the learning and teaching can be rewarding an hundredfold than it was 40 years ago.

      Thanks Wayne and please comment often,

      Michael

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