18 Oct 2012

Govt may not action kohanga reo advice

8:01 pm on 18 October 2012

Maori Party leaders hope the Crown will respond to the recommendations in a Waitangi Tribunal report on Maori pre-schools, but the caucus warns the state doesn't have a good track record of taking action.

The report released on Thursday says the Crown should apologise for severe prejudice suffered by kohanga reo through early childhood policies of successive governments.

It also recommends the Prime Minister appoint an interim independent advisor who'll oversee and facilitate work between the Kohanga Reo National Trust and its government partners.

The report aims for the partnership to achieve goals such as creating a target to increase kohanga enrolments.

Maori Party education spokesperson Te Ururoa Flavell hopes that the Government will take seriously recommendations made by the Waitangi Tribunal.

But he says history shows the Government doesn't always put into action Waitangi Tribunal recommendations.