2 Sep 2012

Compulsory Maori wanted in all Auckland schools

8:12 pm on 2 September 2012

A recommendation that te reo Maori be compulsory in all schools in Auckland is contained in a 30 year plan issued by the Independent Maori Statutory Board on Sunday.

The plan is aimed at improving the quality of life for Maori in Auckland and ensuring the city has a strong cultural identity.

The board also wants Auckland Council to have bilingual signage around the city and an Auckland-wide Maori tourism strategy.

Chair David Taipari says the board consulted the Maori community at dozens of hui and came up with a blueprint for how its needs can be met.

As well as compulsory teaching of te reo, the recommendations include bilingual signage and an Auckland-wide Maori tourism strategy.