26 Oct 2010

Maori Language Commission needs to be closer to community - MP

8:57 am on 26 October 2010

Labour list MP Shane Jones says resources for Maori language revival need to be closer to the community.

The Waitangi Tribunal has identified a fall over the past decade in the number of Maori children attending kohanga reo and kura kaupapa Maori immersion schools, and pointed to what it calls policy failure by successive governments.

Mr Jones says agencies like Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Maori (the Maori Language Commission), have become too caught up in the centralised Wellington bureaucracy, rather than addressing the needs of the main centres of Maori population.

He told Waatea News it should be working in Auckland.

Mr Jones said the money tagged for teaching and promoting te reo Maori is not being spent wisely.