[lg policy] New Zealand:

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Mon Jan 12 15:42:25 UTC 2015

*Monolingualism in English costly for NZ economy*

Academics are pushing for a language policy that encourages NZers to learn
more languages, starting with Te Reo Māori. According to avcademics having
a national language policy that encourages learning of languages other than
English will place New Zealand in a stronger foothold economically on the
global scale.

*Māori Language Commission voices concerns on Māori Language Strategy*

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) are concerned at
the wavering support of Māori for the Māori Language Strategy’s "Te
Mātāwai". They met with the Māori Development Minister recently and Te
Taura Whiri head Poia Rewi said the main concern is that iwi will not agree
to just seven representatives to represent all Māori.

*New sing-a-long series Waiata Mai nurtures Māori language in children*

A newly-released bilingual music video series produced by Hei Tiki
Creatives has been launched today. Waiata Mai is a 'made-for-YouTube'
series of 40 songs designed to engage tamariki while teaching basic Māori
language sentence structures.
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