18 Aug 2011

Ministry gives evidence at kohanga reo hearing

9:47 pm on 18 August 2011

The Ministry of Education has presented evidence to the Waitangi Tribunal in relation to a claim put forward by the kohanga reo movement.

A two day hearing held at the Waitangi Tribunal in Wellington ended just before 8pm on Thursday.

The movement lodged the claim about three weeks ago because of concerns that recommendations in a government report on early childhood centres threatened its teaching style.

The Ministry of Education gave details at the hearing relating to areas such as early childhood education funding which includes kohanga.

It also gave evidence about funding for pre-school centres.

The Ministry of Education talked about correspondence with the Kohanga Reo Trust Board about the early childhood report.

The Tribunal will consider the evidence once all submissions are filed next Thursday.