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Revitalising te reo Māori in education

NZCER has a long history of conducting research to support the revitalisation of te reo Māori. We continue to carry out research to support the aspirations of whānau and Māori communities to grow te reo Māori as the heritage language of Māori, and a national language for all New Zealanders. Our work contributes to NZCER’s strategic priorities of upholding mana Māori, whakamana Māori; decolonising education; and improving equity for ākonga and equity in education.

By providing research about how we can all contribute to the revitalisation of te reo Māori, we hope to see whānau and communities gain better access to quality reo Māori education that supports their aspirations.   

Read our reports 

Interested in reading our work? We have provided links to many of our research reports, articles, and blogs about reo Māori revitalisation and kaupapa Māori at the bottom of this page. 

Quick reads

Blogs 

2 November 2021 Let’s not forget who reo Māori revitalisation is most important to – Ipu Kererū (wordpress.com) Ipu Kereru: Blog of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education  

14 September 2017 Te Ahu o Te Reo – The Health of the Māori Language – Ipu Kererū (wordpress.com) Ipu Kereru: Blog of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education  

2 August 2017  What will it take to make a difference for learners of te reo Māori? – Ipu Kererū (wordpress.com) Ipu Kereru: Blog of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education  

 

Set: Research Information for Teachers

2021: Aronuitia te reo Insights from the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement

2017 Ka Whānau mai te Reo: Supporting whānau reo Māori development during educational transitions

2014 Reo and mātauranga Māori revitalisation: Learning visions for the future

2012 Critical issues for whānau in English-medium schools

Recent Revitalising te reo Māori in education research publications

Author(s): Sally Boyd, Nicola Bright, Maraea Hunia, Elliot Lawes

The Manaakitia ngā tamariki kia ora ai | Supporting children’s wellbeing publication shares themes and narratives from six good-practice primary and intermediate schools that are designing and using approaches to enhance the wellbeing of tamariki. The schools were invited to be part of this study as their Wellbeing@School data showed tamariki Māori, and other learners, all had high wellbeing. These six schools had positive trends over time or high values in three indicators (wellbeing, equitable relationships, and aggressive behaviour) which suggested they were engaged in an active change journey.

Research report - 2021
Author(s): Nicola Bright, Esther Smaill, Sinead Overbye, Kiri Edge
Literature review - 2021
Author(s): Nicola Bright, Maraea Hunia, John Huria

He rangahau i whakaritea mā Te Mātāwai, e Te Wāhanga - Te Rangahau Mātauranga o Aotearoa, i te tau 2019.
A report prepared for Te Mātāwai by Te Wāhanga–New Zealand Council for Educational Research l NZCER, 2019.

Literature review - 2019
Author(s): Nicola Bright, Elliot Lawes, Basil Keane, Sheridan McKinley

He pūrongo i whakaritea mā Te Mātāwai, e Te Wāhanga - Te Rangahau Mātauranga o Aotearoa, i te tau 2018.
A report prepared for Te Mātāwai by Te Wāhanga–New Zealand Council for Educational Research l NZCER, 2018.

Research report - 2018
Author(s): Maraea Hunia, Nicola Bright, Peter Keegan, and Sinead Overbye

He rangahau i whakaritea mā Te Mātāwai, e Te Wāhanga - Te Rangahau Mātauranga o Aotearoa, i te tau 2020.
A report prepared for Te Mātāwai by Te Wāhanga–New Zealand Council for Educational Research l NZCER, 2020.

 

Summary booklet - 2020
Author(s): Maraea Hunia, Nicola Bright, Peter Keegan, and Sinead Overbye

He rangahau i whakaritea mā Te Mātāwai, e Te Wāhanga - Te Rangahau Mātauranga o Aotearoa, i te tau 2020.
A report prepared for Te Mātāwai by Te Wāhanga–New Zealand Council for Educational Research l NZCER, 2020.

Research report - 2020
Author(s): Maraea Hunia, Basil Keane, Nicola Bright, Helen Potter, Kiwa Hammond, and Ropata Ainsley
Research report - 2018
Author(s): Debbie Broughton, Jessica Hutchings, and Nicola Bright

The report provides information for tertiary education organisations to support their decision-making about te reo Māori provision and support for speakers and learners of te reo Māori. The report focuses on the transition to and from tertiary education organisations.

Research report - 2017
Author(s): Nicola Bright, Maraea Hunia and Basil Keane with Jennifer Martin and Stephanie Fong and with Rachel Felgate and Cathy Wylie
Research report - 2017
Author(s): Nicola Bright, Alex Hotere-Barnes and Jessica Hutchings

This report from the Ka Whānau Mai Te Reo project puts the spotlight on te reo Māori at times of transition. It looks at the pathways available to whānau to support their reo aspirations at three key points: starting school, moving from primary to secondary school, and moving beyond secondary school.

Research report - 2015
Author(s): Nicola Bright, Alex Barnes and Jessica Hutchings

This is the first report from a 3-year (2012–2015) kaupapa Māori research project that investigates how best to support the continuity of reo Māori development of whānau as they transition between kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa primary, wharekura, secondary and beyond. It aims to provide useful information about the reo Māori education options that are most likely to help whānau achieve their reo Māori aspirations. The full report: Ka whānau mai te reo.

Research report - 2013
Author(s): Jessica Hutchings, Alex Barnes, Katrina Taupo and Nicola Bright with Leonie Pihama and Jenny Lee

This report presents the findings of a kaupapa Māori research project that identifies diverse whānau aspirations in Māori education. 

Research report - 2012