7 May 2014

Funder not part of Te Reo strategy

7:28 pm on 7 May 2014

The Crown's Maori media funder says it has not been asked to give any input into Government plans for a new Te Reo strategy.

MPs have asked Te Mangai Paho chair Piri Sciascia if he's been involved in proposals to establish a tribal-led group called Te Matawai, which would oversee the broadcasting body and the Maori Language Commission.

He said he had not been asked to comment. However, he supported the plan.

Mr Sciascia told the Maori Affairs Select Committee Te Mangai Paho was working to the existing Te Reo strategy, which was launched in 2007.

The proposed new approach to Maori language revitalisation is being opposed by the Maori Council, which wants to know why control would be given to iwi.