Developments over the past 38 years have included the establishment of total immersion hui, Te Wananga o Raukawa, Te Runanga o Raukawa Health and Social Services and Te Rito Kura Kaupapa Maori
Te Kura New Zealand Correspondence and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori
students are also included now in an on-site DHB based cohort.
A group of Maori parents, who were concerned that their children's Maori language was not being maintained when they left Te Kohanga Reo, began the first Kura Kaupapa Maori (Maori medium) school in 1985.
The number of Kura Kaupapa Maori schools has grown with state and Maori community support.
Kura Kaupapa Maori
(immersion Maori language primary schools) followed, the first being established in 1985.
Reedy, Tamati (1990) Overview Report for Kura Kaupapa Maori
, Report 3, Ministry of Education, Wellington.
The census discovered that six per cent of teachers were able to deliver the curriculum in Maori in a bilingual or partial immersion setting, and two per cent in a total immersion or kura kaupapa Maori
The desire to pursue such an interest was grounded not just in the political and instrumental needs of the Kura Kaupapa Maori
movement but also in my own history as a Maori language activist and early member of Nga Tamatoa from the 1970s, and my involvement as a parent in the struggle to establish Kura Kaupapa Maori
as an alternative form of schooling in the 1980s.
As at last year's marking of the annual festival Matariki at NZNO's national office, pupils from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori
o Nga Mokopuna (pictured above) were the highlight of last month's celebrations.
The Act also allows the Minister to designate any school a kura kaupapa Maori
where parents request it.
Like all good celebrations, the NZNO event included a hakari and cultural items from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori
o Nga Mokopuna and the Samoan Nurses' Association.
NZNO CELEBRATED Matariki--the Maori New Year--last month with korero on the history, meaning and relevance of Matariki to Maori; a kapa haka performance by students from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori
O Nga Mokopuna, Wellington, followed by a hakari at NZNO's national office.