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Ngā Reo Maha, Ngā Reo Rere - Shaping a Multilingual Auckland


The Auckland Languages Strategy working group hosted the conference Nga Reo Maha, Nga Reo Rere - Shaping a Multilingual Auckland on 27th November, 2015 in partnership with the Office of Ethnic Communities. 

The conference included several exciting keynote speakers, workshops about current practice, a chance to engage with the newly-published strategy, and hands-on sessions to contribute to planning for action to support languages in Auckland. 

We were encouraged that so many people wanted to celebrate the importance of languages for Auckland, by participating in the launch of the Auckland Languages Strategy. 

The most valuable part of the day was the chance to work together in the World Café session to shape and prioritise actions to support the goals of the strategy. Click here to see the summary of the actions identified in the session.

Languages not only equip us with a means to communicate with one another, they also enrich us socially, culturally, spiritually and economically. 


Click here to view the programme

Plenary Presentations 

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Languages and the Superdiversity Stocktake

Mai Chen
Superdiversity Centre


The vision of a multilingual Auckland

Professor Stephen May
The University of Auckland

Language policy and planning

Associate Professor Sharon Hunter


Auckland Languages Strategy Overview

Susan Warren
COMET Auckland


 Education Workshop


Setting the scene:
Multiculturalism and it's implications for education

Martin East
The University of Auckland


Languages in the curriculum

Adèle Scott

Kaihautū Mātauranga at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu


Building on learners' first-language strengths

John McCaffery
The University of Auckland














Health/Social Workshop 


English language provision that connects new migrants and refugees

Maria Hayward


Support for families from non-English-speaking backgrounds

Anastasia Kariukin
English Languages Partners


How we're keeping NZSL alive and thriving

Victoria Manning
Deaf Aotearoa










Community Workshop
Discussion workshop


Business Workshop

Examining the Superdiversity Stocktake and the Auckland Languages Strategy and their implications for business, tourism, trade and international relations.

Kayur Ramson
The University of Auckland
    Hanoku Bathula
The University of Auckland