Māori Language Strategy – Maihi Karauna released

Calling for all New Zealanders’ views on the Maihi Karauna – the Crown’s draft Māori language strategy.

The Government recognises the importance of te reo Māori as a taonga and the responsibility we have to protect its status. And when I think of my young children growing up it is increasingly important to ensure that more kiwi’s connect and reflect our common identity through valuing the indigenous language and culture of our country.

In 2016 Te Ture mō te Reo Māori 2016 was enacted and provided a new opportunity to revision our effort towards for Māori language revitalisation.

The Maihi Karauna is one part of the strategy with an opportunity to harness the wave of support for te reo Māori across Aotearoa to determine a way to maintain and grow that momentum.

The strategy lays out the Crown’s responsibilities to revitalise te reo Māori and sets clear goals to achieve by 2040.

I encourage everyone to have their say on the future of our language and how the Crown can help to protect, promote and secure its future.

The Maihi Karauna complements the Maihi Māori, the revitalisation strategy for language in homes and communities, led by Te Mātāwai. Both strategies, the Maihi Karauna and Maihi Māori, are named after the maihi (bargeboards) on each side of a whare.

This is the first time the Crown and Māori have entered into an active, planned partnership for revitalisation. I am excited about the potential for securing a strong, enduring future for our language among whānau, and wider Aotearoa New Zealand.

Minister Mahuta says interest in te reo Māori is high and rapidly advancing technology is creating new opportunities for growth.

The Crown’s challenge is to respond to this climate with smart solutions that will not only promote quality language, but encourage and support the places where that language can flourish every day and long into the future.

The public consultation runs from 3 August to 30 September.

The strategy can be downloaded and submissions can be made at www.tpk.nz/maihikarauna

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