Te Reo Māori: Language of Aotearoa

The Māori Party has a vision for a proud, bilingual Aotearoa that supports Māori culture, language and Māori identity to flourish.

 The Māori Party will:

  • Bilingualise towns and cities, starting with bi-lingual signage in Rotorua, Ōtaki and Wairoa. 
  • Make te reo Māori, Māori history and culture core curriculum subjects in all schools up to year 10. 
  • Increase overall funding for Māori medium education.
  • Create parity of funding between kōhanga reo and early childhood education providers. 
  • Establish a fund to enable one person in every non-reo speaking whānau to study Te Reo Māori full time for two years at an approved reo wānanga or institute. The fund would pay for tuition and course related fees and provide an allowance similar to the ‘Career Changer’ scholarship – of up to $500 per week to study.
  • Support a Te Reo Māori Anake Village at Te Matatini, with provision for free entry to Matatini.
  • Establish a $1 million annual fund to support Ngā Manu Kōrero, a Primary School Reo Rua Spelling Bee Annual Competition, an annual Secondary National Quiz competition and a Māori Toastmasters competition.

Read our full te reo Māori policy

Authorised by Susan Cullen, 5 Gala Street, Waihōpai