5 July 2020

Media Release

Ten years of language funding in Tāmakimakaurau

The release today of regional statistics that have been accumulated over a 10 year period shows Mā te Reo is having a significant impact on community driven language revitalisation efforts in Tāmakimakaurau.

The Mā te Reo fund was established in 2001 to provide financial support to projects that contribute to community based Māori language revitalisation. This initiative places responsibility on iwi, hapū, whānau, Māori communities and Māori organisations to create and develop innovative solutions to what is a national crisis and these factsheets show Māori have responded to that challenge.

The fact sheets tell the story of the impact of that investment on language revitalisation”, says Chief Executive, Glenis Philip Barbara.

The Mā te Reo fund supported 130 projects in Tāmakimakaurau. The key findings for the region included:

  • 130 Māori language revitalisation projects received Mā te Reo funding over a ten year period from 2001 – 2010;

  • Approximately $1.8 million was provided by the Mā te Reo fund for community driven te reo Māori revitalisation initiatives between 2001 and 2010;

  • Wānanga reo represented 57% of the regions Mā te Reo investment;

  • 75% of funded projects reported an increase in the use of te reo Māori within familiar domains which include the marae, kapa haka, kāinga and wānanga;

  • 44% of all funded projects reported that the projects facilitated and encouraged whanaungatanga through the use of te reo Māori;

  • 75% of participants have gained knowledge, skills and proficiency as a direct result of the Mā te Reo investment; and

  • Wānanga reo representated over half of the regions Mā te Reo investment.

“Perhaps the most powerful insight gleaned from the information contained across all regional factsheets is that the funding made available by Mā te Reo has enabled initiatives and projects that are driven by Māori. The ability to be able to not just diagnose language concerns but also resolve them at a local level is a clearly articulated ambition and evidently one that Mā te Reo meets”

“The net result of this activity – language gain and cultural strength which are the cornerstones for successful Māori development,” says Glenis Philip-Barbara.


Contact: Debra Jensen, 04 471 6725, 027 231 4297, debra@tetaurawhiri.govt.nz