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Monday, April 23, 2018

Opinion: Chris Lynch: Te Reo Maori needs relevance, not artificial feel-good factor

Te Reo Maori is in dire straits. That's the unsurprising claim made by Professor Paul Moon. He made it in his new book Killing Te Reo Maori: An Indigenous Language facing extinction.

Pacific preschools ‘set back 30 years’ by tough English-language tests

Pacific-language preschools say they have been set back 30 years by tough new English language tests that have forced the closure of all dedicated Pacific preschool teaching courses.

Student spotlight: Maori Scholarship winner awarded Dux

Year 13 student Carym Wharerau enjoyed great success in his final year of school at Okaihau School.

Business woman Sarah Reo humbled to receive honour

A Havelock North woman humbly accepted her New Year Honour on behalf of many who she says deserved it more.

Schools’ use of te reo Māori is still “very basic”

New NZCER survey finds that while most schools are incorporating te reo Māori into their practice, it is often used at a very basic level, such as greetings and instructions.

Scholarships to AUT give four Northlanders chance to eventually assist their hapu

Four young Northlanders have received scholarships aimed at supporting Maori to gain qualifications that will assist in the growth of their hapu.

‘Honorary Māori’ Samoan film-maker wins place at Sundance Institute

Auckland-born Samoan Matilda Poasa reckons that three years as an "honorary Māori" will be good training to help give Native Americans a voice in the Sundance film festival.

Wanted: ‘Ideal teachers’

Hana Turner's research reveals some interesting teacher and student perspectives about what qualities an 'ideal' teacher has for students of different ethnicities.

High expectations

A culture of high expectations is among the critical factors for Māori and Pacific students to succeed at high school, according to the latest research by the Starpath Project at the University of Auckland.

Award-winning teacher Erina Butterworth looks to boost Maori engagement

A local teacher wants to make a difference in Maori participation after being awarded the 2018 Woolf Fisher Fellowship for Science.

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