Budget 2017: Funding boost to keep te reo vibrant

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MEDIA STATEMENT

25 May, 2017

Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell

Māori Party

Budget 2017: Funding boost to keep te reo vibrant

Keeping te reo Māori a living a vibrant language is at the core of the Māori Party’s successful bid for $16 million in Budget 2017.

Getting our stories and our language out there is vital for te reo Māori to flourish and the funding we have secured will help make that possible,” says Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell. 

“Being at the Government table means we have skin in the game and making real gains for our people. We know that having links to your whakapapa helps whānau achieve their aspirations,” says Mr Flavell.

“Making te reo Māori more accessible is crucial for it to be vibrant and broadcasting and digital media is an important vehicle in keeping our language alive.”

Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox says the Māori Party has secured $10 million over four years for Māori broadcasting funding agency, Te Māngai Paho, and $3 million apiece over two years for Te Taura Whiri I te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) and Whakarauora Reo (for Te Mātāwai).

“Revitalising te reo Māori is a key kaupapa for our party and our people. It’s a language that sets us apart from the rest of the world. Keeping te reo Māori vibrant and relevant is a benefit for all of Aotearoa,” says Ms Fox.

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