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  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 03:46 PM

Labour calls for inquiry into Pacific language education

Labour will tomorrow ask the Education & Science Select Committee to conduct an inquiry into whether teaching children Pacific languages as well as English helps them succeed, says Su'a William Sio, Labour's spokesperson on Pacific Island Affairs. "This will be an opportunity for all parties on the committee to manifest support for an issue that is very valuable to the future wellbeing of Pacific communities and their children," Su'a William Sio said.
  • Mar 01, 2012
  • 12:49 AM

Cook Islands revives Te Kopapa Reo

Radio New Zealand International
Mr Williams says the commission faces a heavy task in preserving and promoting the Cook Islands Maori language. He says the commission’s priorities are to create a national standard - a database of all words in all reo Maori dialects - and to devise new words which describe elements of modern culture.
  • Aug 15, 2011
  • 06:10 PM

English versus Pacific languages in NZ schools debate (audio)

Radio Australia
Should Pacific Island parents in New Zealand and Australia emphasis English language skills to their children, or stress retaining their Pacific vernacular languages such as Samoan, Tongan, Niuean or Cook Islands Maori? Many educationalists say that being bilingual actually helps children achieve well at school, and that over emphasis on English can actually hurt them academically.