Te Mātāwai, established by Te Ture mō te Reo Māori 2016 (Māori Language Act 2016) is the independent entity appointed to work in partnership with the Crown and to lead Māori language revitalisation on behalf of iwi Māori as Kaitiaki of the Māori language. Our primary goal is to restore Māori as a nurturing first language within Māori homes and communities.
Te Whare o te Reo Mauriora
"Kia mauriora te reo Māori"
Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori 2016(external link) set a new approach for revitalisation, one where Te Mātāwai, on behalf of iwi and Māori provides leadership within Te Whare o te Reo Mauriora. Te Whare o te Reo Mauriora is a conceptual framework that reflects how iwi and Māori and the Crown work in partnership to revitalise the Māori language.
Te Mātāwai is responsible for leading the Maihi Māori, the Māori language strategy for iwi and Māori, and advising on the Maihi Karauna, the government’s Māori language strategy.
"Kia ūkaipō anō te reo"
- Work in partnership with the Crown to revitalise the Māori language.
- Represent iwi and Māori, through our unique Board model and our Pae Motuhake, in their role as Kaitiaki of the Māori language.
- Empower iwi and Māori to lead Māori language revitalisation within their homes and communities.
- Inform and invest in whānau, hapori and iwi to restore the Māori language as the nurturing first language of the home.
Kāinga, hapori and iwi are at the centre of everything we do because it is in those spaces that language revitalisation happens. For this reason, we are working to support and enable the conditions for our whānau and communities to lead their language journeys, to extend their language networks and collaborations for solutions that fit their whānau and community.