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Te Reo Māori – He Reo Kura? (Māori Language – A School Language?)

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the positioning of the indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand, in schooling. The introduction of Western forms of schooling impacted negatively on <i>te reo M&#257;ori </i>(the M&#257;ori language). Now schooling is one of the major strategies in its regeneration. Recently the Treaty of Waitangi Tribunal released a chapter that highlights the downward trend in student numbers in M&#257;ori-medium education and questions the effectiveness of schooling as a major strategy of <i>te reo M&#257;ori </i>regeneration. A review was also carried out by the Minister of M&#257;ori Affairs, which recommends re-establishing <i>te reo M&#257;ori </i>in homes as the major focus of regeneration efforts. Both sets of findings and recommendations have significant implications for M&#257;ori-medium schooling.

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