Revitalizing the Maori language: A focus on educational reform

R. Al-Mahrooqi*, C. Asante

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By the beginning of the last quarter of the twentieth century, it had become clear that the Maori language, the natural vehicle of Maori culture, was in danger of dying out. From the 1980s onwards, the Government of New Zealand, in collaboration with Maori community leaders, has invested substantial resources in an effort to revitalize the language. As a means of learning from the success of this project, the present study focuses on New Zealands language-in-education policy. It presents a descriptive review of historical factors and of educational programs and policies devised in response to the indigenous peoples call to save the Maori language and culture from extinction. Problems with the reform programmes are also addressed, taking into account economic, social, cultural and attitudinal factors prevailing in New Zealand society at the time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1035-1048
Number of pages14
JournalPertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • History of Maori
  • Kohanga reo (language nursery programs, tomorrows schools)
  • Language planning
  • Language revitalization
  • Maori

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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