Ko  te  whakarauora  o  te  reo  Māori

Mauri reo, Mauri ora 

When the language is thriving, we all do well

Advocating for the normalisation of the Māori language

All Aucklanders play a valuable role in the normalisation of te reo Māori. To maintain and grow te reo Māori, everyone must be part of revitalising the language. Our goal is to support the visibility and promotion of the Māori language and culture. We support the Government’s aim of one million speakers of te reo Māori by 2040. This can only happen if we raise the status of the language. And more people learn the language. 

Based on your valued opinions, information from industry experts and insights from COMET we sent a question to each political party about revitalising te reo Māori. 

This was their response in alphabetical order:

Te Reo1

What steps will you take to increase the learning, visibility, and usage of te reo Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand? #

David Seymour

MP David Seymour 

ACT supports ethnically and culturally appropriate education for all learners and freedom to choose an accredited learning institution, such as a Partner School, that the parents would consider increasing their child’s learning and usage of te reo Maori.

Golriz Ghahraman

MP Golriz Ghahraman

All people in Aotearoa should have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori and understand the history of Aotearoa, both tangata whenua and tauiwi, with a particular focus on education at all year levels of our schools. Tamariki Māori should feel nurtured, supported, and confident in their identity and whakapapa, whether at kura kaupapa or in mainstream education. The Green Party supports Introducing universal teaching of Te Reo Māori as a core curriculum subject through to year 10 and universally available elective Te Reo Māori learning through to year 13, and provide the resources necessary to enable this.

The Crown has a responsibility to ensure the protection of taonga, including Māori arts and culture; and must support and contribute to the revitalisation of toi Māori, tikanga Māori and te reo Māori.

Chris Hipkins

Hon. Chris Hipkins

Te reo Māori is part of what makes New Zealand unique and Labour remains committed to our aspirational goal of supporting a strong, healthy, thriving Māori language in New Zealand; Kia māhorahora te reo – everywhere, everyway, for everyone, every day. 


We will continue to support the revitalisation of te reo Māori and implement the aspirations set out in Maihi Karauna. Labour recognises the importance of te reo Māori as a taonga and the responsibility we have to protect its status, Maihi Karauna is an important part of this. Labour will continue to work to achieve the aspirations in Maihi Karauna, including that by 2040:

·      85% of New Zealanders (or more) will value te reo Māori as a key part of national identity.

·      One million New Zealanders (or more) will have the ability and confidence to talk about at least basic things in te reo Māori.

·      150,000 Māori aged 15 and over will use te reo Māori as much as English.

Nicola Willis

List MP Nicola Willis

National will legislate to ensure all children have the opportunity to learn at least one second language at primary and intermediate school. We will provide a funding boost of $40 million per year for the development and provision of second language learning resources, and to support the training and recruitment of specialist teachers and language assistants. A key focus of this policy would be to increase access to Te Reo in primary schools for those who want to learn it.   

National will support Māori-medium education including through supporting fair funding for kōhanga reo (Māori medium early childhood education services), kura kaupapa (Māori medium schools) and kura reorua (bilingual and Māori language immersion classes in mainstream schools), and taking applications for partnership schools targeted at Māori learners. 

Tracey Martin

Hon. Tracey Martin

New Zealand First education policy for the last two elections has had the following statements and we remain committed to those outcomes:  

  • Work with Te Kohanga Reo National Trust to develop a supportive and sustainable funding model that future proofs Te Kōhanga Reo.  
  • Work to ensure that academic and professional value is assigned to any Te Kōhanga Reo qualification.  
  • Work with Te Rōpū Takawaenga Māori o Aotearoa, the national body of Resource Teachers and Advisors of Māori known as NARTAM, and the sector to develop a clear set of national guidelines for Resource Teachers of Māori similar to those for other resource teachers.  
  • Review the 1996 Memorandum of Understanding which defined the prime purpose of the Resource Teachers of Māori service specifically around kaiako/teacher support to deliver quality teaching and learning Te Reo Māori in both immersion and English-medium schools Year 1 to Year 13.  
  • Work with the sector support the delivery of current progressions (Te Aho Arataki Marau  te Ako i Te Reo Māori- Kura Auraki) for the teaching and learning of Te Reo Māori from Year 1 to Year 13 in English-medium schools.  
  • Review and implement a cohesive approach to training, support with ongoing professional development for teachers of Te Reo Māori.  
  • Provide scholarships for teachers to access qualifications through in-service training in Te Reo Māori so they can support bilingual education.