Topic: Te Reo Māori

Advisory Group outlines Māori Language Bill proposals

By Maiki Sherman

More Māori language advocates on Te Mātāwai, the board tasked with administering the Crown’s Māori language strategy, is just one of the proposals outlined today by the independent Advisory Group charged with providing expert analysis of the current Māori Language Bill.

The Advisory group was established following public concern at the proposed legislation, particularly from high-profile Māori language advocates who criticised the emphasis around iwi being handed the reins on language revitalisation through the Bill.

“While most iwi and Māori support the intent of the Bill there have been some issues raised around the implementation of the proposed legislation. The MLAG has proposed changes to address some of those concerns,” Māori Development Minister Hon Te Ururoa Flavell said.

Other proposals include the establishment of a Te Rūnanga Reo – a group comprising of members from Te Mātāwai, relevant Crown Ministers and others.

As well as the Crown's Māori language strategy, the Advisory Group also suggests looking into a national Māori language strategy.

“It’s the first time that we have gone back out to consult after the first reading of a Bill in the house, we’re doing this because it’s important for iwi, hapū and whānau Māori to get an opportunity to look at what the Advisory Group’s findings may mean for them,” Te Ururoa Flavell said.

The Māori Language Advisory Group will submit the final report on the Bill to the Minister by 30 June 2015.

There are 15 planned consultation hui being held across Aotearoa.

For more information on the hui click here.