Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


The Maori Language Gets a Boost From the Tribunal

PRESS RELEASE

The Maori Language Gets a Boost From the Tribunal

MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira

Thursday 18 October


“The Tribunal’s report on the Kohanga Reo claim confirms what Maori have known for the last 30 years” said MANA leader and MP for Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira “that governments have breached the Treaty of Waitangi by systemically failing to fund and support Kohanga Reo’s Maori language strategy”

Harawira hailed the Tribunal report as a landmark ruling for Kohanga Reo which called on the government to apologise for its failings and appoint an independent adviser to oversee an urgent programme to: overhaul policy, increase participation, improve quality, increase funding and provide the support necessary for upgrade and maintenance of Kohanga facilities.

“It’s a bloody good report actually” said Harawira “and covers the whole range of issues that Iritana (Tawhiwhirangi, past chair of the National Kohanga Reo Trust) and her colleagues have been raising consistently for the last 20 years”.

“Like many other Maori initiatives which began with great hope, Kohanga Reo has been hamstrung by crippling compliance requirements which run counter to Kohanga’s whanau-based philosophy of language revitalisation”.

“Language is the critical element in the survival of any culture, and the kuia of Waiwhetu breathed life into Maori culture when they gave birth to Kohanga Reo which went on to spectacular growth, before eventually stumbling at the door of bureaucracy”.

Harawira said that recent Tribunal reports on the Foreshore and Seabed and Water had been ignored by both Labour and National so he wouldn’t be surprised if this one was shelved as well.

“And having a Maori for Minister of Education and Associate Minister of Education doesn’t change the fact that their government has shown scant regard for Maori aspirations up until now, and is unlikely to change its views now”.

“Still, today is a day to celebrate the report of the Tribunal the vision of the Trust and the commitment that Maori parents continue to make to Kohanga Reo even when times are hard”.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014.

During his visit, President Xi Jinping met with Governor-General Jerry Mateparae, and held talks with Prime Minister John Key. The leaders had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

China President Wishlists: Greens Welcome Xi, But Human Rights Need To Be On Agenda

“President Xi has made some progress on climate change, but he must also lift the Chinese government’s game on human rights issues,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said... It is important that our Government continues to urge the Chinese government to show restraint and respect human rights in both Tibet and the Xinjiang province.” More>>

ALSO:

Airport Security Breach: CAA Fines Minister

Minister Brownlee has been issued an infringement notice and is required to pay a $2000 infringement fine for breaching Civil Aviation Rule 19.357(b), which states no person may be in an airport security area without an appropriate identity card or document. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news