Rodney readers disagree with compulsory te reo Maori lessons

Green MP Catherine Delahunty reads a te reo book to students. Surrounded by MPs Marama Davidson and Denise Roche.
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Green MP Catherine Delahunty reads a te reo book to students. Surrounded by MPs Marama Davidson and Denise Roche.

Nearly 70 per cent of Rodney Times Neighbourly readers disagree with the Green Party suggestion for te reo Maori to be taught in all schools.

Last week Green Party Maori development spokesperson Marama Davidson said there was a responsibility to ensure the Maori language "not just survives, but thrives in Aotearoa".

"Introducing all children to it at school is one of the best ways to make that happen."

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In an unscientific poll posted to the Rodney Times Neighbourly page, 69.1 per cent of voters said learning te reo Maori in schools should be optional, not compulsory.

Alex Dick from Stanmore Bay said it would be more beneficial for children to learn English properly, before other languages.

There was some support for teaching te reo Maori in schools, with 30.9 per cent of voters saying the language should be compulsory.

Vivian Melhop from Gulf Harbour said she would love to see learning te reo Maori become compulsory in schools.

"Understanding Maori culture is important for our children, and I am also planning to learn basic Maori language this year (finding it hard). In my child's primary, Mandarin has replaced Spanish on the school's timetable, it's nice to see the changes but our children as New Zealanders should also be proud of New Zealand's own history."

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