Te reo Māori

Te reo Māori is the most commonly taught language in schools.

We have an increasing demand on the system from students and whānau (Māori and non-Māori) to provide te reo Māori in all learning environments across education.

Over the past three years, the number of students attending Māori-medium schooling has increased by approximately 1,000 annually (19,438 in 2017).

The demand for te reo Māori in English-medium schooling over the same time period has also increased by approximately 5,000 students annually (165,601 in 2017).

At 1 July 2017, 23.1% of the total school population were involved in Māori language in education.

In 2017, we funded more than 280 scholarships for Māori immersion and te reo Māori teachers. These are substantial scholarships, covering course costs and fees and a range of allowances to help with costs while studying.

We also:

  • provide professional development and support to help beginning teachers in Māori immersion through the initial stages of a teaching career, and
  • fund study for Māori immersion and bilingual teachers to lift their language skills and leadership.

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