30 Aug 2011

Kohanga draws up agenda for mediation

6:12 am on 30 August 2011

The Kohanga Reo Trust Board hopes mediation can help resolve problems it has with an early childhood report.

Kohanga had asked the Waitaingi Tribunal to hear an urgent claim in which it argues that rules governing mainstream early childhood centres should not be imposed their on Maori language nests.

The Tribunal has yet to make a decision on the Kohanga application but in the meantime suggested the movement hold talks with Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Maori Development) and the Ministry of Education to see whether an agreement can be negotiated.

Meanwhile, the co-chair of the Kohanga Reo Trust Board, Tina Olsen-Ratana, says the trust has an agenda ready to be presented in mediation.

She says it includes inaccuracies Kohanga has identified in the early childhood taskforce report and which it wants retracted. The board also wants a "truer partnership" to allow it to work directly with the Crown.