Education: Right to language and learning

The Māori Party wants mainstream classrooms to speak the language of our tupuna, to include Māori ways of knowing in the curriculum and to hold our tupuna up as role models of academic excellence. We also want more support for tertiary students struggling to study and survive because of the rising costs of living. 

The Māori Party will:

  • Make te reo Māori, Māori history and culture core curriculum subjects in all schools up to year 10.
  • Provide all children with free early childhood, primary and secondary education.
  • Increase the accommodation supplement by half for all tertiary students.    
  • Introduce a universal student allowance with cost of living adjustment to guarantee a livable income during study, for all tertiary students, including post-graduate students.
  • Write off the living cost component of all student loans.
  • Work with kōhanga reo to increase the numbers of tamariki attending kōhanga.
  • Reduce class sizes in primary schools.
  • Provide all children with free afterschool care and holiday programmes.
  • Introduce mental health counsellors in all high schools.
  • Provide free public transport to primary and secondary school children as well as tertiary students
  • Increase overall funding for Māori medium education.
  • Repeal the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Act 2011 which undermines the student voice and find a more workable solution.
  • Remove the cap on the number of allowable Wānanga and support them with stand-alone legislation which requires mana whenua and Māori stakeholders to be part of the review and monitoring processes.     
  • Develop a four year zero fee scholarship to target the ‘First in Whānau’ to engage in a Bachelor level qualification programme.        
  • Double the numbers of Māori and Pacific students successfully completing a Bachelor degree in three years.
  • Double the existing Māori and Pacific trade training and cadetships placements per annum for the next five years.
  • Partner with iwi and employers to provide more scholarship and internship opportunities for whānau and to provide better connections for students to their tribal identity, culture and language.
  • Establish tuakana/teina mentoring and coaching initiatives that encourage a seamless transition from secondary to tertiary education.
  • Retain interest-free loans.
  • Reduce the repayment levels on a student loans.

Read our full education policy

Authorised by Susan Cullen, 5 Gala Street, Waihōpai