17 May 2004

Call for NZ style language nests in French Polynesia

7:39 am on 17 May 2004

An opposition party in French Polynesia says New Zealand-style preschool kohanga reo or "language nests" are needed there to help children learn French.

Stanley Cross, leader of the Te Hono Party, says improving the education of Tahitian children is a major policy plank of the party in upcoming elections.

"Á lot of Tahitian kids have not good scholarity... because [of] the French, and we want to put another school like the kohanga reo as New Zealand. Because a lot of Tahitians didn't know really the French language, so they have big difficulties in the school."

Stanley Cross, the Te Hono Party leader in French Polynesia.