8 Dec 2011

Govt applauds Maori tertiary institute for glowing report

7:45 pm on 8 December 2011

The Government says a positive report on an Auckland tertiary institute - which delivers its programmes in te reo Maori - reflects credit on the whole kaupapa Maori education movement.

The Qualifications Authority says Te Wananga Takiura's educational performance for programmes are excellent.

Associate Minister of Education Pita Sharples says the report confirms there's now an established and well-run teachers' college, producing skilled and qualified graduates to lead kura kaupapa Maori.

He says when the first kura were established, whanau scrambled to find trained teachers who were also Maori speakers - driven by a vision of education for cultural freedom.

Doctor Sharples says every step brings Maori closer to the vision of rangatiratanga - and ability to raise Maori children in ways that reinforce their cultural identity.