18 Oct 2011

Greater public presence wanted for Te Reo

6:36 am on 18 October 2011

A Maori language advocate says Te Reo should have a greater public presence and be seen everywhere, including on transport signs and food labels.

In 2010, Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples announced a review of the Maori language sector, where around $225 million was being spent.

As part of its job Te Paepae Motuhake, an independent review panel, held community meetings all over New Zealand.

Te Reo advocate Tuki Terangi Curtis says Te Arawa people voiced their opinion that the language should be used everywhere but the idea was not specifically noted in the panel's report.

Te Paepae Motuhake says the whole thrust of the review centred on promoting Te Reo in everyday life and giving it a greater presence, including in the home.