23 Aug 2013

Govt and iwi work to keep Te Reo alive

7:02 pm on 23 August 2013

The Government and iwi have collaborated for the first time on a unified plan to keep Te Reo alive, Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says.

The new strategy will be overseen by the Maori Language Commission - Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Maori.

Its latest Statement of Intent, for 2013-2016, flags changes for the commission as a result of more government funding, including $8 million for research.

Dr Sharples says he wants to breathe new life into the campaign to save Te Reo by aligning learning programmes nationwide.

It is believed to be the first collaborative plan by any government, and Dr Sharples is keen to set it up for the future.

He says efforts to keep Te Reo alive started with a burst of energy and the setting up of Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa but initiatives seem to have dropped off more recently.

The new strategy is expected to be rolled out before the end of the year.