The Wellbeing Budget

Supporting Māori and Pasifika aspirations

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The revitalisation of te reo Māori

A key part of this year's Wellbeing Budget is the revitalisation of te reo Māori to promote a stronger sense of national identity.

Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta says the Crown is committed to ensuring that basic te reo is spoken by a million people in Aotearoa by 2040.

"This investment will underpin the growth of te reo across the Maihi Karauna and Maihi Māori programmes.

"For te reo to thrive by 2040 we all need to do our part to make it a working, living language," Nanaia Mahuta says.

Nearly $9.8 million over four years will fund Te Taura Whiri, the former Māori Language Commission, and support an increase in certification for te reo teachers. Another $4 million dollars will be used to sponsor events that contribute to promoting the status and use of te reo Māori. Te Puni Kōkiri will administer this fund.

"Te reo is a taonga that will strengthen the partnership between Crown and Māori. The language also makes a key contribution to New Zealand tourism and international trade," Nanaia Mahuta says.

The Maihi Karauna programme provides an umbrella for te reo across a range of government and public service agencies to achieve the Government's commitments under Te Ture mō te Reo Māori 2016.

As part of the Wellbeing Budget initiatives for te reo, a further $6 million will be invested in the Kāhui investment model run by Te Mātāwai. This investment will be used to support the Maihi Māori programme in the wider Māori community and also for policy and advice for Te Taura Whiri.

The money will be earmarked for eight iwi and Māori language clusters across the country.

"I welcome these Budget initiatives as the Māori language is one of the best ways to say 'We are New Zealanders'," Nanaia Mahuta says.

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