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

InternetNZ On Snowden Docs: Mass Collection Of Pacific Data Affects Kiwi Holidaymakers

The allegation that New Zealand has conducted mass data harvesting on its Pacific Island neighbours raises concerns about New Zealanders’ communications being collected, says InternetNZ.

“If the allegations are correct, then New Zealand would be mining data about everyone in the Pacific Islands named in the allegations. That’s everyone. Not just individuals who attract specific surveillance warrants, but everyone. This means local residents to visiting Kiwi tourists could be having their data collected." More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system... More>>

ALSO:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news