6 Dec 2012

Plea for Govt to act quickly on kohanga reo findings

7:16 am on 6 December 2012

The kohanga reo movement is praying the Government takes urgent action to help restore its philosophy and not leave it lingering like the Waitangi Tribunal report on flora and fauna.

The Kohanga Reo National Trust Board spoke to the Maori Affairs Select Committee at Parliament on Wednesday about a Waitangi Tribunal report on the running of Maori pre-schools.

The Tribunal found kohanga suffered severe prejudice under early childhood policies of successive governments.

Trust board co-chair Tina Olsen-Ratana says the movement can't afford to wait while te reo Maori continues to be at risk of being lost.

She says the trust needs the Crown to acknowledge the report and show it's prepared to work through it.

Ms Olsen-Ratana hopes they won't have to wait 18 months to receive a response - given the Wai262 report on flora and fauna is still waiting to be acted on more than a year after its release.

Among other things, the Wai262 report called for a new commission to protect Maori cultural works against offensive and unauthorised uses.