The government is seeking advice from Māori language experts in a bid to get more teachers speaking te reo.
Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis recently announced a new initiative, Te Ahu o te reo Māori, that will improve teachers’ ability to speak and teach te reo.
This initiative would be for all teachers but those in primary school in particular.
The ultimate goal was to integrate te reo into the curriculum by 2020.
The other initiative, Te Kawa Matakura, will work to strengthen te reo and mātauranga (knowledge) Māori of young people who already had some proficiency.
The two initiatives have been given $16 million over the next four years.