5 Dec 2012

This Govt not entirely to blame for kohanga demise - MP

6:58 pm on 5 December 2012

The kohanga reo movement has been told by National MP, Tau Henare, that the current Government isn't entirely responsible for the demise of the Maori pre-schools' philosophy.

The Kohanga Reo National Trust Board spoke to the Maori Affairs Select Committee at Parliament on Wednesday about a Waitangi Tribunal report on kohanga.

The select committee heard how kohanga suffered under early childhood policies, but politicians were also asked for help to get the Government to act on the Waitangi Tribunal report.

The report found the movement suffered under policies of successive governments.

Towards the end of the hour-long discussion, committee chairman, Tau Henare, told the movement he's disturbed that it appears the National-led Government is being accused of all the decisions imposed on kohanga in the past 35 years.

He said the politicians responsible for taking kohanga away from the control of the Maori Affairs Department need to be held accountable.

In response, the kohanga trust, said it's now time to move on and fix the problems through a partnership with Government in order to do what's best for future generations and the survival of te reo Maori.