Te Reo Māori – He Reo Kura? (Māori Language – A School Language?)
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 Māori </i>(the Māori 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 Māori-medium education and questions the effectiveness of schooling as a major strategy of <i>te reo Māori </i>regeneration. A review was also carried out by the Minister of Māori Affairs, which recommends re-establishing <i>te reo Māori </i>in homes as the major focus of regeneration efforts. Both sets of findings and recommendations have significant implications for Māori-medium schooling.