28 Apr 2014

Challenge to Te Reo strategy planned

6:37 am on 28 April 2014

The Maori Council is preparing to mount a challenge against Crown plans to revitalise Te Reo.

stone sign saying "te reo language"

Photo: PHOTO NZ

It's opposing the Government's proposed Te Reo strategy, which would give iwi leaders greater governance and responsibility over the rejuvenation of the Maori language.

Maori Council co-chair Maanu Paul said lawyers will seek an urgent hearing at the Waitangi Tribunal. He says he's sure Tuhoe would never like Ngapuhi to act on their behalf.

Mr Paul said te reo Maori is a taonga (treasure) and no minister has the right to delegate it to somebody else.

The Te Reo strategy proposes to make significant changes to the Maori Language Act 1987.

If the Government's plans go ahead, a purpose built iwi entity called Te Matawai would be created.

It would assume ownership responsibilities for Te Taura Whiri (Maori Language Commission) and Te Mangai Paho (Maori Broadcasting Funding Agency).