Te Mātāwai has announced who will head the establishment phase of the new organisation over the next six months.
Māori language advocate Te Waihoroi Shortland has been appointed as Chair and Mereana Selby as Deputy Chair to head the new body set up to lead Te Reo Māori revitalisation on behalf of iwi and Māori.
Mr Shortland is the representative appointed by the cluster of iwi from Te Tai Taitokerau. Ms Selby is Te Tumuaki (Chief Executive) at Te Wānanga o Raukawa who was appointed to Te Mātāwai by the education Te Reo Tukutuku (Māori language stakeholder) cluster.
The announcement was made at the Te Mātāwai meeting in Otaki this week.
In an interview with Te Kāea Waihoroi Shortland said “The hui was invigorating and productive and had made real progress on work needed to establish the foundation. Each person came with their own perspectives and ideas and we were able to collaborate and breathe new life into one focus.”
Mr Shortland says, working groups have been put in place, who by the end of the year will lead to the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer who will negotiate a purchase agreement with the Minister and set up an executive group of board members who will engage directly with responsible cabinet ministers, to plan a strategic way forward for te reo Māori initiatives.
Mr Shortland said the board had deliberately set the two appointments to cover the establishment of the board over the next six months to allow time to assess the broader responsibilities that come with the positions.
The vision will be shared with Government Ministers at the end of next month.