Te Kōhanga Reo
Kōhanga reo are whānau cooperatives where the families are responsible for the overall management of the centres. The aim of the programme is to foster young children’s and parent’s knowledge of te reo Māori (language) and tïkanga Māori (culture). The key aim of Te Kōhanga Reo is to promote and protect the Māori language and also the culture. It is based on total immersion of children in the Māori language and tikanga from birth. Many Kōhanga are based at, or near, a marae and parents are members of the Whānau management group, and support is provided by a national body. There are various levels of Te Reo language use and they will vary from service to service, some are at a bilingual level (12-80% of teaching time is in the Māori language), or there is a total immersion level (81-100% of teaching time is in the Māori language). All Kōhanga Reo services are operating at a level to encourage immersion and some services require you to enter and use only Te Reo.
The fundamental aims of Kōhanga for its children are that:
- Te Reo Māori – Total immersion in Reo Māori in Kōhanga.
- Whanau Management – are part of decision making, management and share responsibility of driving Kōhanga.
- Accountability, Kia Tika Kia Pono- Whānau are accountable and committed to each other and the kaupapa.
- The Health and Wellbeing of the Mokopuna and the Whānau. Kia noho Haumaru-Providing an environment that is physically, environmentally and spiritually safe for the mokopuna and their whānau.