14 May 2014

New Te Reo strategy law close

6:56 am on 14 May 2014

The Government wants to start putting its Te Reo strategy into law by the end of July.

It aims to increase the number of Maori language users, the quality of speaking, and boost the status of Te Reo among all New Zealanders.

A new group, Te Matawai, will be put in charge of rejuvenating Te Reo, made up of seven iwi leaders, two Crown members - with three spots reserved for language guardians, such as Kohanga Reo.

The tribal members will be chosen by iwi.

te reo sign

Photo: PHOTO NZ

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples said measures can be taken if they default on their contract to revitalise Te Reo.

He said there would be provision for statutory managers to be brought in if the Government thought Te Matawai was not doing its job.

Dr Sharples said he had received a re-written Te Reo strategy and will now seek approval from Cabinet to start putting a bill into law.