Licensing criteria for kōhanga reo
Kōhanga reo run a total immersion te reo Māori whānau (family) programme for mokopuna (young children) from birth to six years of age to be raised within its whānau Māori, where the language of communication will be Māori.
The operation and decision making of each kōhanga reo are the responsibility of the whole whānau within the guidelines set down by Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board. The trust and the kōhanga reo whānau administer the kaupapa to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the mokopuna and the whānau and to ensure the survival of te reo Māori.
Kōhanga reo are currently chartered to Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust and licensed by the Ministry of Education under the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008.
The Ministry does not provide guidance for the kōhanga reo licensing criteria. Guidance is available upon request directly from Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust.
A copy of the criteria can be downloaded from the right-hand column.
The licensing criteria were last updated in September 2022.
Culture and identity
Criteria for culture and identity:
C5: Acknowledgement of tangata whenua
Curriculum criterion 5
Te Kōhanga reo curriculum acknowledges and reflects the unique place of Māori as mana whenua.
Curriculum criterion 6
Te Kōhanga reo curriculum respects and supports the right of mokopuna to be confident in their own culture and respect other cultures.