Nearly 700 people in the education workforce will learn or progress their te reo Māori through a $12 million government initiative launched earlier this year, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.
Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an Orientation Day in Otaki, where he addressed 158 learners from Kapiti-Horowhenua who are about to begin the 17-week program.
"It's encouraging to see so many people genuinely excited to learn te reo Māori and I'm impressed by their dedication to this kaupapa."
As well as Kapiti-Horowhenua, this year Te Ahu o te Reo Māori is being trialed in Waikato, Taranaki, and Ngāi Tahu in the South Island. A total of 685 people have taken up the opportunity to participate in the program.
Throughout the four regions, different learning approaches are being used, including:
Online self-directed learning
Face-to-face weekly classes
Noho and wānanga
"While the teaching methods vary from region-to-region, the goals remain the same: build the ability of the workforce to use te reo Māori in the classroom.
"With Te Ahu o te Reo Māori, we're creating new ambassadors for te reo. This will improve interactions and relationships with students, parents, and whānau – and mean better outcomes for our kids," Kelvin Davis said.
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)