13 Mar 2013

Maori TV to continue te reo tuition programmes

7:25 pm on 13 March 2013

Maori Television says it will continue to create a virtual Maori language classroom on its day-time programming.

In July last year the broadcaster began running a range of Maori language tuition shows from 10am until 3pm.

The programmes include the popular Korero Mai, which mixes basic te reo with an element of drama, and Toku Reo which also uses elementary level Maori language.

Its chief executive Jim Mather says ratings vary from about 3000 to 19,000 viewers for different shows.

He says it's important to give people the tools to develop their te reo Maori, and it will allow for more viewers to engage in its programming.