In late 2014, the Minister for Māori Development announced (external link) (external link)the establishment of a Māori Language Advisory Group to provide independent and expert advice on the Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill. The initial members appointed to the Māori Language Advisory Group were Dr Wharehuia Milroy, Charisma Rangipunga, Dr Ruakere Hond, Dr Rawinia Higgins and Charlie Te Pana.

The terms of reference (external link) (external link)of the group are to ‘... provide expert and independent advice to the Minister for Māori Development about the Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill including any changes to policy intent and legislation. It can provide oral and written advice to the Minister, as it sees fit.’

The Māori Language Advisory Group convened on December 2014 and is expected to submit its report to the Minister of Māori Development by 30 June 2015.

The Māori Affairs Select Committee will provide its final written report about its assessment of the Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill to the Minister for Māori Development by 31 July 2015.

The establishment and operations of the Māori Language Advisory Group is not related to, and will not affect, the operations of the Māori Affairs Select Committee, though the submission due date for the Select Committee report has been delayed to accommodate the Advisory Group report.

 

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