Saturday April 18, 2015   Last updated 16:51PM
max
°
min
°

On Air Now | Radio Waatea

04:00pm - 05:30pm
Language assistants can boost reo capacity

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

An advocate for a new way of teaching Te Reo Māori in primary and secondary schools says the time to act is now.

Raewyn Harrison is seeking $170,000 in government funding for a pilot project to put Māori language assistants into North Shore and Hibiscus Coast schools.

She says the model is working well with Mandarin learners, and it is easily adapted to give children half an hour a week of Māori language basics, culture and tikanga.

"The argument was that we couldn't have Te Reo in our mainstream schools because there were not enough teachers who had the reo. With this model the teacher stays in the classroom and it is the language assistant that goes in and delivers the lesson so therefore not only are the children getting Te Reo, the teacher is being upskilled as well so it gives them confidence so that builds capacity for the school," she says.

Ms Harrison says schools are more open to diversity, and a basic understanding of Te Reo Māori can be part of that.




Copyright © 2013, Uma Broadcasting Ltd

Comments


Post comment:

Name*
Email*
Will not be published

Maximum of 1750 characters (about 300 words)
In order to assist us in reducing spam, please type the characters you see:
spam control image
I have read and accepted the terms and conditions

These comments are moderated. Your comment, if approved, may not appear immediately. Please direct any queries about comment moderation to webmaster@waatea603am.co.nz
Waatea TV Logo - 250pixel-705
1 Patu Hohepa: Ngapuhi negotiations
Can Winston assist in resolving the Ngapuhi settlement dead-lock?
2 Marama Fox: Maori Trade Training
He kaupapa tino whai hua te whakaritenga o nga akoranga kia maha ake nga rangatahi Maori e whakapaa atu ai ki nga mahi a rehe.
3 Mataroria Lyndon: The sweet link to obesity
Sugar is a major contributor to the obesity issue amongst Maori and Polynesian, a solution is urgently needed.
4 Peeni Henare: Labour support water rights
Labour supporting water rights and compulsory reo in primary schools.
Willie Te Aho: Te Matatini debrief in Rotorua today
Te Matatini debrief in Rotorua to review judging system and discuss festival improvements.
Jeanette Richardson: Pukeahu National War Memorial Park opening
Members of the public have the opportunity to be part of New Zealand history this Saturday 18 April with the official opening of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and Sir Peter Jackson's Great War Exhibition.
Hemi Inia: Iwi-led training inititative launched in Otautahi
He Toki ki te Mahi Apprenticeship Training Trust was launched by Prime Minister, the Rt Hon John Key at Rehua Marae in Otautahi, Christchurch last night.
Alison Cree: Tuatara eggs discovered in the South Island
University of Otago researchers have found evidence of tuatara eggs hatching in a nest at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, the first indication of this happening anywhere in the wild in the South Island for several hundred years.
Northland final result cements tide change against National
MARTYN BRADBURY OPINION: The final results from the Northland by-election have been missed in the churn of Campbell Live being threatened with the axe and anger at MP spouses travelling overseas.
Judge Mick Brown
WILLIE JACKSON OPINION: New Zealand lost a great person of mana last week, Judge Michael John Albert Brown - better known as Mick he was 77.
Northland roars
MARTYN BRADBURY OPINION: The magnitude of Winston Peter's shock win on Saturday can not be ignored. To turn a 9000 majority for National into a 4000 majority for NZ First is a like the American Rugby team beating the All Blacks by 30 points.
0
TMP2
p waateap listenp podcastp rssp facebookp twittercontactus

Submit


Glossary

Subscribe

To receive regular updates from Waatea News.