Budget 2017: More tamariki to get kōhanga reo experience
More whanau will be able to participate in kōhanga reo after it was allocated $5 million in Budget 2017, Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox says.
“We often hear that whanau would love to send their tamariki to a kōhanga but have trouble doing so. This funding will help remove some of those barriers,” says Ms Fox.
“I know from my experience as a teacher at kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa that the more tamariki and mokopuna that access that education – the more the language will thrive and the children will flourish.”
The funding, which will be spread across three years and administered by the Te Kōhanga Reo Trust, will allow the purchase of vans, related safety equipment installed and the upgrade of other vehicles to transport tamariki.
“We know that exposing tamariki to a kohanga reo environment sets them on a lifelong journey in te reo and by doing so helps ensure it is a living language,” says party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.
“This funding will help those, especially in rural areas where transport can be an issue, begin that learning pathway.”