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Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori | Māori Language Commission

Website: Māori Language Commission: Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori


The Māori Language Commission was set up under the Māori Language Act 1987 and continued under Te Ture Reo Māori 2016 | Māori Language Act 2016 to promote the use of Māori as a living language and as an ordinary means of communication.

We are an autonomous Crown entity. We are responsible to Parliament for the use of public funds to support our objectives. Each year, the Minister of Māori Development issues a Letter of Expectations.

We produce a Statement of Intent (SOI) which is a four-year plan and a one-year plan known as a Statement of Performance Expectations (SPE). The SOI and the SPE are submitted to Parliament and published on our website.

We report against our SOI, SPE and the Minister’s Letter of Expectations in our Annual Report, published every year.

Our roles are:

  • Having a key role in leading coordination of the Crown Māori Language Strategy implementation;

  • Promotion of te reo Māori to wider New Zealand;

  • Language planning support and evaluation;

  • Carrying out and commissioning research;

  • Examination and registration of translators and interpreters;

  • Testing levels of proficiency;

  • Language development ensuring Māori language can be used effectively in all circumstances; and

  • Reporting to the Minister for Māori Development on matters relating to the Māori language. 

Language Planning and Policy

Literature Review This review draws from a range of literature sources to provide an overview of key themes and common understandings surrounding the factors that impact on…

Ki te tahatū o te rangi

Normalising te reo Māori across non-traditional Māori language domains In 2018, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (The Māori Language Commission) commissioned the New Zealand Work…

Whakanuia te Reo

Evaluation of te reo Māori in Englishe-medium compulsory educationThe purpose of the study for this report was to understand the actual and potential contribution of the…

Tukua ki te Ao

Tukua ki te AoThis cross-sectorial study investigates the use of te reo Māori in three types of organisations (local council, secondary schools and companies) with the…