Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori 

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori is an autonomous Crown entity.

Our roles are: 

  • a key role in leading coordination of the crown Māori Language Strategy implementation;

  • promotion of te reo Māori to wider New Zealand;

  • language planning support and evaluation;

  • carrying out and commissioning research;

  • examination and registration of translators and interpreters; testing levels of proficiency

  • language development ensuring Māori language can be used effectively in all circumstances

  • reporting to the Minister for Māori Development on matters relating to the Māori language. 

The Board 

We have a board of five members and a chief executive who reports to the board. Our board and chief executive are:


Rawinia Higgins

Board member 

Charisma Rangipunga

Board member 

Charlie Tepana

Board member 

Hinerangi Edwards

Board member

Wayne Panapa

Chief Executive Officer 

Ngahiwi Apanui

The Commissioners are based regionally throughout the country which ensures local and community based thinking are taken into consideration when considering issues that affect the Māori language.

Our Operations

Our operations are divided into the following operational groups:

TE AMO | Policy, Language Services, Research, Evaluation

TE TOKO REO | Promotion, Partnerships, 

TE HĀPAI Ō | Corporate Services

Māori Language Revitalisation

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori welcomes inquires about language planning and revitalisation of te reo Māori and believes: 

  • Te reo Māori is an essential part of what makes New Zealand and is for you, and for everyone
  • Everyone can contribute to te reo Māori revitalisation:

  • Make te reo welcome at work and in the community

  • Encourage others to use and learn te reo Māori; welcome Māori language into your life

  • Pronounce Māori words correctly when speaking English

  • Learn a little, use a little

  • Learn more, and use what you know

  • Keep improving your language, and share what you know

 Email us on patai@tetaurawhiri.govt.nz


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