19 Apr 2011

Maori language focus already in homes - commission

9:14 am on 19 April 2011

The Maori Language Commission says a recommendation by a review into the Maori language to increase the focus on Maori in homes, is what the commission has been trying to do for a decade.

The independent review has suggested a reorganisation of the Maori language sector to help increase the use of Te Reo Maori in New Zealand.

But chief executive Glenis Philip-Barbara rejects any suggestion the commission is wasting its limited funds.

''There are major changes and shifts afoot in the public sector so everyone has to be accountable for what we do for the dollar," she told Waatea News.

Ms Philip-Barbara also said many of the review's recommendations look like reshuffling existing entities, which carries great risk during times of economic uncertainty.