Teach Te Reo to primary school children

School children in NZ should learn te Reo. Right now te reo used in school is very basic. Around 80 per cent of teachers used te reo for greetings and farewells, and instructions.

Why the contribution is important

The language is the life force of the mana. Māori helps students to grow as learners. They discover more ways of learning, more ways of knowing, and more about their own capabilities. They may become more reflective as they compare what they know of their first language with what they are learning in te Reo.

by KatyaAC on May 16, 2018 at 10:52AM

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  • Posted by amatteu May 16, 2018 at 15:24

    Maori language is fine, and anyone who wants to learn it can.
    It should not be compulsory, as it's not very useful. No one speaks Maori and not English. It's more important that everyone speaks the same language. English is an ideal option for everyone to learn to speak that properly.
    Other international languages are also important.
    It's more important that kids time and energy and our money is spent on English, maths, and other practical skills.
  • Posted by brookwarner May 18, 2018 at 08:43

    The decision around whether a language is taught/learnt shouldn't be based on the purported 'usefulness' of a language.

    In my mind this is a no brainer. Te Reo is an official language of NZ, therefore (and without question) it should be taught at school (along with NZ Sign language). Other option is to remove these from our official languages. How can you have an official language and then not teach that language? it makes no sense.
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