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Reference group to boost M?ori-medium teaching workforce


Hekia Parata, Pita Sharples

1 May, 2012

Reference group to boost M?ori-medium teaching workforce

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Minister Pita Sharples have announced the establishment of an expert reference group on the M?ori-medium teaching workforce.

The reference group will advise the Government on how to increase the number of high-quality, te reo-fluent teachers in M?ori-medium education.

The ten strong group, who will meet for the first time today, is made of up principals, academics and business leaders.

?M?ori-medium education is of enormous value to New Zealand, both for protecting and revitalising te reo M?ori and for achieving good education outcomes for learners, and for preparing for engagement with other cultures,? says Ms Parata.

?Our Government is determined to raise educational achievement for our young people, especially for our priority groups of M?ori, Pasifika, learners with special education needs, and learners from low socio-economic backgrounds.?

Associate Minister Dr Sharples says it is crucial for New Zealand to increase the supply of high-quality, highly trained, te reo-fluent teachers to meet current and future demand for M?ori-medium education.

?We must ensure that every learner who wants to learn through te reo M?ori, whether in full immersion or a bilingual class, can do so,?? says Dr Sharples.

?This means finding new ways to attract and keep talented people in the profession.??

The reference group will focus on teachers in Immersion Level 1 (te reo M?ori used 81-100% of the time) and Level 2 (te reo M?ori used 51?80% of the time).

The group will develop a vision for strengthening the workforce and recommendations on how to achieve this vision.

They will report to the Ministers? in July 2012.

Members of the M?ori-medium Teaching Profession Reference Group

Uenuku Fairhall, Principal of Rotorua?s Te Kura o Te Koutu.

John Maihi, Chair of Te Puna M?tauranga o Whanganui.

Dr Catherine Love, Board Member, Port Nicholson Settlement Trust.

Cath Rau, specialist in M?ori-medium language and literacy development.

Paora Royal, Principal of Ngaruawahia?s Te Kura Kaupapa M?ori o Bernard Fergusson.

Arihia Stirling, Principal of Auckland?s Te Kura M?ori o Ng? Tapuwae.

Lynne-Harata Te Aika, Head of School for Aotahi, School of M?ori and Indigenous Studies, University of Canterbury.

Tony Trinick,Principal Lecturer and Associate Dean (M?ori), Te Kura o te Puna Wananga, School of M?ori Education, University of Auckland.

Hurae White, Deputy Principal at Hamilton?s Nawton Primary School.

Chris Selwyn, Tumuaki Rumaki at Auckland?s Western Springs College. 2012