CK9qg2AUAAAyuhBTe Reo Māori is a taonga – a national treasure – and yet it’s declining on a national level. The latest 2013 Census reveals only 4% of the national population can speak Te Reo well enough to hold a conversation. This shows the urgent need for Te Reo to be promoted and supported.

At present, 70% of Māori school students in Auckland are getting very little or no Te Reo, meaning the majority of Māori students are missing out on the social, economic and cultural benefits to be gained by learning Te Reo Māori.

Working alongside community, council and iwi groups, COMET Auckland plays an active role in discussing and advocating for the best strategies to promote Te Reo Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau, with an increased emphasis on quality, early childhood learning to support Māori learners and whānau.

Te Reo revitalisation has become an important topic of conversation at the Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum, which COMET’s Māori Education Manager Hauāuru Rawiri leads and facilitates. The TMEF platform is used to discuss effective strategies to identify what is working in our communities and what can be developed further.

A TMEF hui held in November included over 20 iwi representatives, the Education Review Office, Te Puni Kokiri, the Ministry of Education, Serco, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council, and it was agreed that Te Reo revitalisation is a community issue and is addressed more effectively with a single focus from across the sector.

The TMEF hui in May discussed government and community engagement strategies, language resilience and how policy can support Māori education.

The hui in May also identified four focus areas which were:

• Empowering communities – supporting community initiatives around Māori education.

• Speaking Te Reo – encouraging Māori to be comfortable in participating and speaking Te Reo in immersion environments.

• Best Learning – identify broad strategies that foster effective iwi cohesion.

• Te Ataarangi – maintaining Te Reo proficiency outside of immersion environments.

One further action towards supporting Te Reo Māori revitalisation this year has been support for a collaborative project led by Auckland Transport, with Kiwa Digital and Pukekohe North School, to develop a fantastic new resource that became available in Māori Language Week 2015.

He Rā Ngahau Mā Te Whānau I Runga Tereina, or Whānau Fun on the Train is a digital book available in both Te Reo Māori and English, and is a valuable resource for local Māori cultural history and Te Reo language.

The book is about a whānau from Pukekohe who go by train on a day trip to Eden Park to watch the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines. Along the way the whānau teaches us Māori history of Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) by sharing stories about sites of significance such as maunga (mountains), events and traditional names for train stops. The app can be downloaded free and is a wonderful resource for schools and kura, and also for families wishing to strengthen and celebrate Te Reo Māori with their children.

To read the full report, click here.



maori-poster_2The Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum (TMEF), coordinated by COMET Auckland, will meet this month to continue the korero around the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori across the education system.

A previous TMEF hui in November brought together leaders in Māori education to discuss how strategies from across New Zealand can effectively  be implemented in Auckland. This melding of ideas resulted in an increased focus on Te Reo revitalisation at the community level. Notes from this hui can be accessed here.

For those interested in Māori Education, a section on the COMET Auckland website has been developed to track progress on Mātauranga Māori. We want this section of our website to be an accessible resource hub for information, updates and events related to our work, and the valuable contributions of our partners, around Māori education in Auckland. Check it out here.

For more information on the TMEF hui, the Mātauranga Māori section of the website, or if you would like to supply information for the hub, please contact Hau Rawiri, COMET Auckland Māori Education Manager,

For the full March 2015 newsletter, please click here.


Te Reo Māori revitalisation has been identified as a key priority by Māori in Tamaki Makaurau. The Tamaki Makaurau Education Forum (TMEF), which COMET Auckland coordinates, came together for a hui in early November to continue the important discussion on the revitalisation of Te Reo across the education system.

Ruakere Hond (a linguist and Maori language communicator with Te Taurawhiri I te Reo) discussed the revitalisation strategies being implemented in Taranaki and how these can be reimagined for the greater Auckland region.

The hui included representatives from multiple sectors, including over 20 iwi representatives, the Education Review Office, Te Puni Kokiri, the Ministry of Education, Serco, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council.

The hui also provided a platform to discuss effective strategies from across the sector, to identify what is working in our communities, and what can be developed further. The group agreed that Te Reo revitalisation is a community issue and is addressed more effectively with a single focus from across the sector.

The TMEF is planning for another hui in early 2015 to progress this crucial work. For more information please contact Hau Rawiri, COMET Auckland Māori Education Manager, via

For the full November newsletter, please click here.

Maori Education Snapshot

We are pleased to announce our latest resource A snapshot of Māori Education in Tāmaki Makaurau 2013 is now complete and ready to be put to good use. Click here to view the snapshot.

Maori education snapshot

The Maori education snapshot is ready now

The snapshot offers useful information, statistics and recommendations on Māori education and skills in Auckland, covering ECE and Kohanga, school and NCEA achievement, transitions, language and some suggestions on how we can ensure rangatahi and tamariki get the best out of their education and are well-prepared for later life.

Snapshot highlights:

–         Of the 8,925 tamariki enrolled in ECE in 2012, only 13% were enrolled in te Kohanga Reo

–         NCEA Level 2 pass rates for Māori are improving, but there is still an achievement gap between Māori and non-Māori

–         27% of young Māori left school with no qualifications in 2011, compared to 13% of Auckland school leavers

To request hard copies of the Māori education snapshot, please contact Raewyn Hooper at or you can access the snapshot via COMET Auckland’s website here.