Consultation on the proposed Maori Language Strategy   3 Feb 2014

New Zealand Government

Hon Dr Pita Sharples
Minister of Maori Affairs
3 February 2014 Media Statement


Consultation on the proposed Maori Language Strategy

Consultation hui on the proposed new Maori Language Strategy will take place between 10 – 21 February 2014, announced Maori Affairs Minister, Dr. Pita Sharples.

Dr. Sharples said “Te Reo Maori is unique to us in Aotearoa. It’s the indigenous language of this place, and in the lead up to Waitangi Day it’s important to remember our collective responsibility to protect our unique language, culture and identity.”

“The draft strategy, which I released in December, proposes that we focus on supporting language learning in the home; and also outlines new governance arrangements for Te Taura Whiri, Te Mangai Paho and the Maori Television Service which would give Maori/iwi an increased governance role.”

Dr Sharples said “these consultation hui are an opportunity to put forward your views on these proposals and the Government’s planned approach to supporting Te Reo Maori into the future.”

Dr. Sharples will be presenting the draft Maori Language Strategy to Iwi Leaders during the Waitangi celebrations in the Bay of Islands this week. He will also attend all consultation hui being held across the country.

Details about each hui are listed below, and information on the proposed new Maori Language Strategy is available on the Te Puni Kokiri website www.tpk.govt.nz. Anyone who wishes to make a written submission on the proposals may do so by email or post. The closing date for written submissions is 28 February 2014. Details of how to make a written submission are available on the Te Puni Kokiri web site.

ENDS

Porirua

Te Wananga o Aotearoa,

Porirua Campus

Monday 10 February10am-1.30pm
Rotorua

Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre

Tuesday 11 February6pm-9pm
Gisborne

Te Poho o Rawiri Marae

Gisborne

Thursday 13 February10am-12pm
Hawera

TSB The Hub

Hawera

Monday 17 February1pm-4pm
Christchurch

Chateau on the Park Hotel

Christchurch

Tuesday 18 February1pm-4pm
Kaikohe

Te Kotahitanga Marae

Kaikohe

Thursday 20 February11am-3pm
Auckland

Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Marae, Auckland Airport (TBC)

Friday 21 February10.30am-1.30pm

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