Our Work 

We provide independent advice to the Minister for Māori Development about issues affecting the Māori language.Our independence enables us to work comfortably between language stakeholders and the government to ensure government priorities and resources are aligned with stakeholder aspirations.

We undertake the following specific duties:

  • establishing a research centre to support the development of a national Māori language research agenda
  • training and certifying Māori language translators and interpreters
  • testing the proficiency level of Māori language speakers through level finding examinations
  • ensuring that the linguistic and cultural integrity of the Māori language is preserved by maintaining robust quality standards and technical language support provided to stakeholders
  • supporting key national events – Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and Ngā Tohu Reo Māori – and promoting the use and acquisition of te reo Māori, and identifying issues associated with the language.

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori works to support the development of a high-quality Māori language workforce that is valued by employers in both the public and private sectors..

We are unique in our national role and singular focus and so provide a critical point of reference and support for Māori language revitalisation and regeneration efforts in New Zealand.

The Board 

We have a board of five members and a chief executive who reports to the board. Our board and chief executive are:


Rawinia Higgins

Board member 

Charisma Rangipunga

Board member 

Charlie Tepana

Board member 

Hinerangi Edwards

Board member

Wayne Panapa

Chief Executive Officer 

Ngahiwi Apanui

The Commissioners are based regionally throughout the country which ensures local and community based thinking are taken into consideration when considering issues that affect the Māori language.

Our Operations

Our operations are divided into the following operational groups:

TE AMO | Policy and Development

TE TOKO REO | Partnerships, Planning and Promotions

TE HĀPAI Ō | Corporate Services

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