22 Oct 2020

MoE calls for te reo Māori experts to teach teachers

From Midday Report, 12:42 pm on 22 October 2020

The Ministry of Education is confident there are enough reo and tikanga experts to start rolling out a programme to train teachers in the language, so that they can teach it to children.

Te Ahu o te reo Māori intends to increase the te reo Māori capability of the education workforce.

It was piloted in four regions, and is now going nationwide with the budget increasing from $12 million to $108 million.

Making te reo compulsory in schools is always a hot campaign topic - but the Labour Party has said the capability is not yet there - and Te Ahu o te reo Maori has been described as being one step closer to that goal.

Māni Dunlop spoke to the Ministry's group manager Te Uepu Reo Maori, Kiritina Johnstone.