Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki
Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1-13
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The publication of Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori – Kura Auraki / Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1–13 is an important milestone in New Zealand education.
These guidelines support the Māori Education Strategy Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013 -2017. For the first time, we have curriculum guidelines designed specifically to support the teaching and learning of te reo Māori in English-medium schools.
The curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.
The New Zealand Curriculum, p.9
All schools will be able to use the guidlines to fullfil the intent of The New Zealand Curriculum, particularly as they work to address the Treaty of Waitangi principle (quoted above) and to provide opportunities for all their students to learn an additional language.
The guidelines provide support and assistance in planning and delivering high-quality programmes for teaching and learning te reo Māori. Eight levels of achievement provide a framework for progression and allow continuity of language learning from year to year. The document also provides clear guidance for teachers about teaching second languages, based on national and international research.
The development of these guidelines have benefited greatly from community consultation and from the particular interest that Māori communities have in promoting quality programmes for te reo Māori in schools.
To these communities, and to everyone who has taken part in developing and producing Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori, our thanks and appreciation.
Secretary for Education