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Te Taura Whiri I te Reo Māori Board Appointments

Hon Dr Pita Sharples

Minister of Māori Affairs

4 December 2013 Press Release

Te Taura Whiri I te Reo Māori Board Appointments

The Minister of Māori Affairs has made one new appointment to the Board of the Māori Language Commission Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori, and confirmed the reappointment of two board members.

“Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori is charged with the promotion and development of Te Reo Māori as an official language. It is important that the members of their Board have expertise, not only in governance, but also in Te Reo Māori, its promotion and revitalisation,” said Dr. Sharples.

“Erima Henare and Te Awanuiārangi Black have been reappointed to the Board of Te Taura Whiri. Both have provided solid leadership, and will ensure continuity as the Board continues their important role of guiding the work of the Māori Language Commission.”

“I am also pleased to confirm that Pania Papa has been appointed to the Board. Pania has extensive experience in Māori language education and Māori language broadcasting. She was also a member of the independent panel that reviewed the Māori Language Strategy in 2010/11,” said Dr. Sharples.

“As a contemporary proponent of excellence in Te Reo Māori, she brings with her a unique skill set which will complement the current board membership.”

“I want to particularly acknowledge the contribution made by outgoing Board member Evelyn Tobin. She has served on the Board since 2010, and in that time has brought to bear her extensive skill set, expertise and knowledge, which has contributed to the work and leadership of Te Taura Whiri in the promotion and revitalisation of Te Reo Māori.”

“I have confidence that the Board will continue to provide strong leadership for Te Taura Whiri, and maintain the progress of Māori language promotion and revitalisation in Aotearoa,” said Dr. Sharples.

He mema hou ki te Poari o Te Taura Whiri I te Reo Māori

Kua tohua e te Minita Māori tētahi tangata hōu ki te Poari Whakahaere o Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, a, tokorua anō ngā mema kua whakahokia ki ō rāua tūranga.

“Kei te Taura Whiri te tikanga whakanui, whakapakari i te reo Māori hei reo whai mana o Aotearoa. Me pūkenga ngā mema o te poari ki ngā tikanga whakahaere kaupapa, otirā ki te reo, ki tōna whakawhanaketanga, ki tōna whakarauoranga anō hoki,” hei tā te Minita Māori hei tā Tākuta Pita Sharples.

“Kua tonoa mai anō a Erima Henare rāua ko Te Awanuiārangi Black ki te poari. He kaihautū tūturu rāua, a, e pai ana kia noho tonu ki te poari hei kaiārahi mo te Taura Whiri.”

“E koa ana te ngākau i te whakaae mai a Pania Papa kia tohua hei mema hou. E matatau ana a Pania ki ngā akoranga reo Māori whānui, ngā whakapāhotanga reo Māori anō hoki. Ko Pania tētahi i runga i te Paepae Motuhake, nāna te Rautaki Reo Māori i arotake i ngā tau e rua kua pahure atu nei,” tā Tākuta Sharples.

“Ko tāna koha hei āwhina mai i te poari, ko tāna kaha ki te whai i ngā taumata teitei o te matatau ki te reo Māori.”

“Otirā i tēnei wā me mihi ki a Evelyn Tobin e whakawātea nei i tana tūranga. Ka uru mai a Evelyn ki te poari i te tau 2010; i te roanga o te wā mai i reira, kua hōmai e ia ōna mātauranga, ōna pūkenga hei whakarangatira i ngā mahi a Te Taura Whiri.”

“E whakapono ana au, ka noho tonu te poari hei kaihautū mo Te Taura Whiri i a ia e whakanui ana, e whakarauora ana i te reo Māori i Aotearoa nei,” tā Tākuta Sharples.

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