Te reo Māori

Hon Kelvin Davis in his Beehive office

Changes will attract te reo speakers to teaching

By EA Staff 8 February, 2018

The new government wants more te reo in schools and centres. The work is now beginning to make that possible, writes Heeni Collins.

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Competing ideas led to conflict

By EA Staff 12 July, 2016

 Ka Ngaro Te Reo: Māori language under siege in the 19th century Paul Moon Otago University Press In the early part of the nineteenth century, te reo was the main…

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No magic bullet in charter schools for Maori

By EA Staff 18 September, 2015

Back in the bad old days, Māori children were punished for speaking Te Reo at school and Māori culture had no place in the classroom. Our education system has come…

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The spark for bilingual education

By Michelle Nixon 20 January, 2015

It’s a Polynesian festival of languages in the Finlayson Park playground, plus a smattering of English and a dash of Mandarin. With a roll of 1100 it’s the biggest primary…

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Kohanga kaiako Ki Taiao

By Michelle Nixon 2 January, 2014

Na ta rourou, na taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive On a sunny west coast beach, tiny…

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Charter schools more hype than hope for Māori

By Heni Collins 18 July, 2013

Key points Minister of Education Hekia Parata is known to be a keen advocate of charter schools being run by Māori education providers. But many in Māoridom are not so…

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Forage and eat!

By Stephanie Mills 27 October, 2012

I loved school. I wasn’t a great scholar but I loved the camaraderie and the sports. My favourite time was morning tea and lunch. Looking back now I see how…

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What Standards?

By Jane Blaikie 23 October, 2010

About twelve years ago, I was at Grand Rapids University, Michigan, talking to a professor of early education who wanted to visit New Zealand. He said he needed to know…

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More kaiarahi, not fewer!

By Heni Collins 22 October, 2010

  Maori children do better in schools when they are strong in their cultural identity and language, says NZEI Te Riu Roa Matua Te Riu Roa Takawaenga Laures Park. “It…

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Standards miss the richness of our kids

By Jane Blaikie 18 July, 2010

“There’s a great deal of confusion,” says Jan Tinetti, principal at Merivale School, which has a 98 percent Maori role. “Four years ago our kids were failing, we were one…

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