Māori Language

'Mā Te Reo' Evaluations, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, 2004-2007

The Mā Te Reo Fund was established in 2001. Its overarching objective is ‘…to support whānau, hapū, iwi and Mãori organisations to develop community-originated Mãori language projects, programmes and activities that contribute to Mãori language revitalisation’. The $15 million allocated for the Fund was invested by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Mãori (the Mãori Language Commission), and is dispersed as conditional grants at a rate of $1.8 million per annum.

Katoa Ltd supported Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori to undertake evaluations of the outcomes from the Mā Te Reo - local community Maori language revitalisation - Fund. This included support for three evaluations:

Māori Language Information Programme - Formative Evaluation, Te Puni Kōkiri, 2005

Funding for the Māori Language Information Programme was approved by Cabinet in 2004. The broad objective of the Programme was '… to support the regeneration of the Māori language through the provision of information. The proposed outcomes are two-fold in that more Māori will use reo Māori and that all New Zealanders will value the Māori language'. Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) implemented the Programme through a series of five projects: website development; phrase booklets; events – Matariki; TV & radio; and an information kit. Fiona Cram undertook the formative evaluation of the implementation of the Programme, and also developed a proposal for the outcome evaluation of the Programme.

Cram, F. (2007). Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori - Short-term Outcomes 2004-2007. Report by Katoa Ltd for Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori / Māori Language Commission, Wellington.