Te Taura Whiri I te Reo Māori and other Maihi Karauna leaders at the launch at Matatini: from left: Deputy Chairperson Charisma Rangipunga; Dr Eruera Prendergast-Tarena (Chair te Māngai Paho); Waihoroi Shortland (Chair of Te Mātāwai); Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta (centre) with Professor Rawinia Higgins Toihau (Chair) of the Māori Language Commission, Shane Taurima (Acting Chief Executive Māori Television) Hinerangi Edwards (Commissioner)
The Māori Language Commission says the Crown Māori Language Strategy issued today by Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta sets out a completely new course for te reo Māori and the Commission.
At the national level, the Commission will lead coordination of the agencies implementing the strategy, known as the Maihi Karauna.
Commission Chief Executive Ngahiwi Apanui says this is the first time the Crown and Māori have joined together in a national, on-going, working partnership to achieve specific goals. The strategy, the Maihi Karauna complements the strategy led by the Māori revitalisation agency Te Mātāwai, known as the Maihi Māori.
Te Mātāwai will lead coordination of local efforts by iwi, hapū and other Māori organisations.
“The Maihi Karauna sets out three audacious goals to achieve by 2040 – 85 per cent of New Zealanders valuing te reo Māori as a key part of national identity; a million New Zealanders being able to talk in te reo about at least basic things and 150,000 Māori aged 15 and over using Māori as much as English.
“The Commission will be promoting language planning throughout the public service and wider New Zealand as a practical way of reaching these goals.
“Our implementation role represents a new leadership function across government for the Commission. Government agencies but private and community organisations are not only willing but eager to take part in revitalisation. We’re here to help, to make it easy and to take away any fears mainstream organisations have about working with the Māori world.