Changes to Te Reo Bill proposed

3:48 pm on 10 June 2015

The Māori Language Advisory Group is proposing changes to parts of the Te Reo Māori Bill to address the concerns of tāngata whenua.

The group was set up in December last year to provide the Māori Development Minister with independent advice on the proposed legislation.

There were concerns around the make-up of the board that looked after Māori interests, Te Mātāwai, and ensuring that the Crown maintained some of its responsibility for Maori development.

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell said it was the first time they had gone back out to consult with people after the first reading of a bill, but it was important to get it right.

"It has been a model that's developed, it has taken some time, we needed to ensure that it fits with what people in the Māori language community believe is in the right place and indeed have more consultation with ministers, so it was only appropriate that we take it back to the community to allow them to have a say."

There are 15 planned consultation hui being held across Aotearoa and the advisory group will submit the final report on the Bill to the Government by the end of the month.

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