but Govt's goal of getting 30 pct of Māori children in immersion schools being held up
The Kōhanga Reo movement has celebrated its 40th anniversary in Hamilton.
The Government has had a long-held goal of getting 30 percent of Māori children to cross over from mainstream education to Māori immersion schools where they perform better - but there's been a hold-up.
Kōhanga Reo, the breeding ground for Te Reo Māori and tikanga, is a pioneering grass-roots movement recognised worldwide for its language revitalisation.
One kuia is a part of the very first marae-based Kōhanga Reo that opened its door back in 1982.
"It's a bit sad because when you go through the exhibitions you see the people, our pakeke, those kuia that was committed to the revival of our reo," said Waiwhetū Marae Kohanga Reo manager Peggy Luke-Ngaheke