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Towards a National Languages Policy

Briefing to Incoming Ministers on Languages

In December 2017, COMET Auckland supported the Auckland Languages Strategy Group to send a post-election Briefing to the Incoming Ministers whose responsibilities are relevant to language diversity. 

The briefing outlines the value that language diversity can bring to social and economic development and summarises key data and current issues affecting languages in Aotearoa New Zealand.  It also recommends quick-win actions that could bring significant gains, including:

•  Implementing the proposed Pacific Languages Framework 

•  Setting a timeframe and process towards te reo Māori becoming core curriculum in all schools from Year 1

•  Creating a Community Languages Framework

•  Developing a Hindi language curriculum

•  Undertaking a national consultation towards eventual development of a national languages policy.

Download the full briefing here (pdf).