By Tribunal, Waitangi
"This publication is the outcome of an urgent Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into alleged acts and omissions of the Crown in relation to kohanga reo, in particular concerning the report of the Government's Early Childhood Education Taskforce and the potential development of Government... policy which would affect the operation and support of kohanga reo. Kohanga reo provide a total immersion Maori language and whanau development programme for children from birth to five years of age and their whanau. The claimants alleged that the Crown had acted in a manner inconsistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi with respect to a range of issues affecting the relationship between the Crown and kohanga reo and the ability of kohanga reo to operate effectively in ensuring the transmission of the Maori language and culture. It was also alleged that actions and omissions of the Crown, had led to a decline in the number of kohanga reo and the number of children enrolled in them. The Tribunal made recommendations aimed at addressing the extremely vulnerable state of the Maori language and the kohanga reo movement and the serious threat that this posed for the survival of te reo Maori as a living language"--Publisher information.Read more
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