Te Ahu o te Reo Māori to continue in 2020

Minister Davis has announced that Te Ahu o te Reo Māori will continue to be delivered through the first half of 2020.

Video transcript: Launch of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori 2020

(Various shots of a students learning, music playing in the background)

Minister Kelvin Davis speaks: 

"We know that educational success is higher for tamariki who learn in or through te reo Māori. It is a fact that Educational success is higher for tamariki who learn in or through Te Reo Māori. That is why this Government is committed to every child having te reo Māori in their learning by 2025."

(Various shots of a students learning, music playing in the background)

"To help us achieve this goal, Te Ahu o te Reo Māori was launched in 2019, and it was such a hit, we’ve decided to do it all again in 2020."

(Various shots of a students singing and dancing, music playing in the background)

"Te Ahu o te Reo Māori is a course designed specifically for teachers, from those in early childhood right through to secondary school."

"The courses are run by experts in te reo and are designed to support teachers and principals to use te reo Māori more in their schools, and in the classrooms."

(Various shots of a students singing and dancing, music playing in the background) 

"Nearly 700 teachers have already given it a go, and the response has been overwhelming, or as we say in the North, ‘Haramai tetahi ahua!’ So, get online and go to www.education.govt.nz and click on Te Ahu o te Reo Māori to register. Kia tere! Spaces will fill up quick. So once again, thanks from me."

(Te Ahu o te Reo Māori logo shows on the screen.)

(Video ends)

The aim of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori is to grow and strengthen an education workforce that can integrate te reo Māori into the learning of all ākonga and students in Aotearoa, New Zealand. It also provides opportunities for te reo Māori to be normalised, and Māori identity and culture, to be shared and embraced.

In 2020, Te Ahu o te Reo Māori will be offered in these four regions: Ngāi Tahu (South Island), Tainui (Waikato), Te Taiuru (Taranaki-Whanganui), Te Tonga (Kapiti-Horowhenua-Porirua).

These regions have been selected because the Māori population is projected to increase by at least 20 percent by 2023.

The programme content includes local dialect, grammar, curriculum, language revitalisation and language use. Haramai tētahi āhua!

Find out more about Te Ahu o te Reo Māori

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