Another target to miss

CoL government targets

The government has pledged to ensure one million people in New Zealand are able to speak basic Maori by 2040. Since the scheme cannot possibly be put in place until 2020, it makes the maths super easy – twenty years to get 1 million speaking the Maori language.

Apparently there are already about 150,000 fluent Maori speakers so that leaves 850,000 to educate in 20 years or 42,500 per year.

Dividing by the number of weeks in the academic year gives a throughput of approximately 1000 per week from nothing to basic fluency.

Did Ardern just pull the 1 million in 20 years target out of her kumara? Quote.

The Crown’s M?ori Language Strategy was launched today at the national kapa haka [performing group] festival Te Matatini. [having many parts]

A key focus of the strategy will look at building te reo [the language] capability of rangatahi [youth], and developing initiatives to foster language learning.

These will include regional workshops, a social marketing campaign to promote te reo [the language] and a series of digital te reo [the language] lessons available on a variety of media.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she wanted people to feel confident speaking te reo M?ori. [the Maori language]

“We’ve got a really aspirational goal. We want by 2040 a million New Zealanders to be able to k?rero [speak] with confidence in te reo M?ori,
[the Maori language] so we’ve got a lot of work to do to get there.

“I’ve been very open about the fact that I’m on a language journey.

“I hope by being open about that perhaps I’ll create a space for others to be comfortable about learning in a very public way.”

M?ori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta said the launch of the strategy was a major step forward in the Crown’s responsibility to protect te reo M?ori. [the Maori language]

“Te reo M?ori [the Maori language] is special to Aotearoa [New Zealand] as it provides a unique context to experience our culture and history and the language is an important way to share our values and worldview.

“Te Matatini [having many parts] is an ideal forum to launch the Maihi Karauna [ Crown strategy] as it draws together in the kapahaka [performing] art form the aspects of M?ori oral histories through waiata, [song] haka, [dance] m?teatea [chant] and poi [ball on string] compositions.

“The Crown has long held the responsibility to protect te reo M?ori [the Maori language] as a taonga [treasaure] and the Maihi Karauna [ Crown strategy] sets out a context for that responsibility to inform how government can achieve this for all of us to use, share and protect te reo M?ori.” [the Maori language] End quote.


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