15 Sep 2017

All children to have integrated te reo learning - Labour

1:30 pm on 15 September 2017

The Labour Party has committed to ensuring that every child during early childhood education (ECE), primary and intermediate school has te reo Māori integrated into their learning by 2025.

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Labour's deputy leader Kelvin Davis. Photo: RNZ

They also want te reo Māori to be made available to high school students as an option if they want to study the language.

"To start work towards achieving these targets, Labour will ensure that all early childhood, primary school, and intermediate school teachers are provided with an opportunity to undertake lessons in te reo Māori." Labour's deputy leader Kelvin Davis said.

The party also said it would double the number of dedicated scholarships to increase the number of te reo Māori teachers in secondary schools.

"The survival and future of te reo Māori as a thriving language is a core value for Labour because we believe it's a unique taonga for all New Zealanders," he said.

"Te reo Māori is fundamental to our national identity and provides an important gateway to better understanding the rich history and culture of Aotearoa."

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