23 Sep 2010

Expert Maori language teachers dwindling - commission

6:40 am on 23 September 2010

The Maori Language Commission is concerned at the dwindling numbers of Maori language experts able to educate others to teach Maori.

The of Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Maori chief executive Glenis Phillip-Barbara, says the shortages affecting paepae around the country are mirrored in the education sector.

She told Waatea News that many Maori in their 40s and 50s want to improve their grasp of te reo Maori, but can't find people to teach or mentor them.