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

 


Sharples’ stewardship of language woeful

Shane
JONES
Maori Affairs Spokesperson

1 July 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT
Sharples’ stewardship of language woeful

Maori language week should be an opportunity to highlight the value and importance of Te Reo Maori to our nation, says Labour’s Maori Affairs spokesperson Shane Jones.

“Obviously the Labour Party remains committed to those institutions that play a vital role in sustaining Te Reo Maori, including Kōhanga, Kura and Maori Television.

“I have to say however, that this year’s Te Reo campaign has one significant missing element -- a visible Minister of Maori Affairs.

“I fear that Dr Pita Sharples’ listless approach has infected this year’s campaign. In March 2011, a Maori language review was undertaken called Te Reo Mauriora. Dr Sharples was said to be considering the recommendations so that a new Maori language strategy could be developed.

“However, more than two years on Dr Sharples has told the Maori Affairs Select Committee that the report’s findings have not yet been put into place.

“Language policy which is not championed by a dedicated and passionate minister causes drift.

“For example, Kōhanga Reo is the nursery of the language and as such it was regrettable to watch that movement have to resort to the Waitangi Tribunal before Dr Sharples and his team took any notice of its parlous state.

“Labour understands Dr Sharples is drifting, but his poor performance cannot be allowed to undermine the efforts of Maori to strengthen the language. The Labour Party will continue to support all initiatives that prioritise the advancement of Te Reo Maori.”

Mr Jones said this year’s focus – on place names and pronunciation – was not unimportant. “But it sits better as part of a tourism strategy, rather than as the centre piece for boosting bilingualism.

“There’s only one place name Dr Sharples should focus on, and that’s Haere ra, commonly understood to mean ‘departure lounge’,” Shane Jones said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news