Te Ahu o te Reo Māori — Fostering education in te Reo Māori

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori logo.

He kākano ahau i ruia mai i Rangiātea
Ahakoa iti taku iti
Ka tūria e ahau ngā iwi o te ao

I am a seed, sown in Rangiātea
Although I am small
I will lead my people to the heights of greatness

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori aims 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
  • support the Government’s vision that te reo Māori will be a part of all ākonga and students’ education by 2025.

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori acknowledges that every staff member of an early childhood centre, Kōhanga Reo, school and kura has an opportunity to use te reo Māori correctly every day. 

What will Te Ahu o te Reo Māori help to achieve?

  • Help the education workforce to work with their communities to plan and realise their collective dreams and aspirations.
  • Te reo Māori will be acknowledged, reflected and celebrated as an official language of Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Allow Māori language, identity and culture to be shared, embraced and celebrated.
  • Participants will:
    • be able to use the knowledge and skills gained in their teaching programmes and assist their relationships with ākonga, students, their parents and whānau.
    • have an improved understanding of the communities they are a part of, especially the stories, language features, and dialects unique to the region and iwi where the initiative is delivered
    • be able to nurture opportunities for all staff, ākonga and students, to use te reo Māori every day.

Who can participate in Te Ahu o te Reo Māori

We are of the firm belief that an education workforce that is better equipped to use te reo Māori correctly every day, will enhance learning outcomes for all ākonga, and students in Aotearoa New Zealand.

With this in mind, Te Ahu o te Reo Māori has been designed for the education workforce, which includes:

  • English medium teachers, from early learning through to secondary school
  • Māori medium kaiako, from Kōhanga Reo through to wharekura
  • Non-teaching and support staff.

Where will Te Ahu o te Reo Māori be delivered

This year, Te Ahu o te Reo Māori will be delivered across several locations in Tainui (Waikato), Te Taiuru (Taranaki-Whanganui), Kapiti-Horowhenua-Porirua and Ngāi Tahu (South Island).

We are testing Te Ahu o te Reo Māori in these regions, because the Māori populations in these areas are projected to increase by at least 20 percent, by 2023.

Four providers delivered Te Ahu o te Reo Māori in 2019. Registrations for all regional deliveries are closed.

Region

Provider

Tainui (Waikato)

TupuOra Education and Development Ltd

Te Taiuru (Taranaki-Whanganui)

Te Ataarangi ki Taranaki Charitable Trust

Kapiti-Horowhenua-Porirua

Kāuru Limited

Ngāi Tahu

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori 2020 Expressions of Interest

The successful delivery and testing of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori this year enables us to evaluate and plan how we can enhance and extend the programme. We aim to confirm plans by November 2019. If you wish to receive further information, please complete your expression of interest.

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori Expressions of Interest 2020 form (external link)   

Ngā Taumata o Te Ahu o te Reo Māori Framework

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori is supported by Ngā Taumata o Te Ahu o te Reo Māori – a te reo Māori competency framework.

The framework has five levels of learning outcomes (Taumata) and five focus areas, each with appropriate success indicators.

Ngā Taumata o Te Ahu o te Reo Māori Framework [PDF, 102 KB]

Is there a cost to participate in Te Ahu o te Reo Māori?

There are no attendance or registration fees for confirmed participants.

All learning materials will be provided.

Funding is available to contribute to the cost of relief teachers to enable teachers to participate in Te Ahu o te Reo Māori.  This does not apply to Iteration 2 of Te Ahu o te Reo ki Tainui.  For more information email us at tereo.maorigroup@education.govt.nz

Who was involved in developing Te Ahu o te Reo Māori

In 2018, a group of mātanga (mātauranga and te reo Māori experts) advised Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education) Hon Kelvin Davis on outlines for two initiatives, one of which was Te Ahu o te Reo Māori. Their report, He Puna Whakaaro Mō Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori me Te Kawa Matakura supported an initiative that:

  • Accelerates the use of te reo Māori in English medium.
  • Strengthens te reo Māori in Māori medium.
  • Improves te reo Māori acquisition and proficiency for kaiako and teachers.
  • Contributes to system change that values and prioritises te reo Māori in education.

He Puna Whakaaro Mō Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori me Te Kawa Matakura [PDF, 2.6 MB]

The mātanga expert panel involved in designing Te Ahu o te Reo Māori are:

  • Dr Ruakere Hond
  • Dr Will Edwards
  • Quinton Hita
  • Moe Milne ONMZ
  • Kingi Kiriona
  • Sir Timoti Karetu KNZM
  • Rahui Papa
  • Paraone Gloyne
  • Darlia Walker
  • Dr Hana O’Regan
  • Dr Ihirangi Heke
  • Pakake Winiata
  • Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr
  • Professor Poia Rewi
  • Sir Hector Busby
  • Hirini Henare

Will Te Ahu o te Reo Māori be offered in other regions?

Yes. However, for the first year of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori, we are delivering in four priority regions, Tainui (Waikato), Te Taiuru (Taranaki-Whanganui), Kapiti-Horowhenua-Porirua and Ngāi Tahu.

By the end of this year, we will have evaluated Te Ahu o te Reo Māori. Evaluation will include considerations and recommendations of how we can improve delivery and which other priority regions Te Ahu o te Reo Māori will be extended to.

How much is the investment to deliver Te Ahu o te Reo Māori?

Budget 2018 committed $1.1 million of new operating funding in 2017/18, plus $11.4 million operating funding over the following three years, for a package of initiatives to lift capability across the system for delivering quality te reo Māori education.

Does this mean te Reo Māori will be compulsory in schools?

There are no plans to make te reo Māori a compulsory subject for ākonga and students to learn.

The Ministry of Education is guided by Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo strategies and shares the Government’s commitment to the Maihi Karauna.

We aspire for improved te reo Māori proficiency and acquisition across the education workforce, so that together we can create an education system that integrates te reo Māori into the learning of all ākonga and students in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Which other language and education strategies does Te Ahu o te Reo Māori support?

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori contributes to Ministry of Education strategies Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo. These strategies are underpinned by the Maihi Karauna.

Maihi Karauna

Maihi Karauna is the Crown's Māori language strategy to create a society where te reo Māori is valued, learned and used, by developing policies and services to support language revitalisation.

Maihi Karauna (external link)

Ka Hikitia

Ka Hikitia is the Ministry of Education's strategy to rapidly change how the education system performs so that all ākonga gain the skills, qualifications and knowledge they need to enjoy and achieve education success as Māori.

Ka Hikitia

Tau Mai Te Reo

Tau Mai Te Reo expresses what the Ministry of Education and education sector agencies will do for learners of Māori language in education.

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