Te Tahua o Te Reo Kairangi

Te Tahua o Te Reo Kairangi

Last updated 1 November 2022
Last updated 1 November 2022

Te Tahua o Te Reo Kairangi supports language revitalisation and addresses workforce needs through the growth of te reo Māori speakers.

This funding will support the development of new or existing programmes targeting higher levels of te reo Māori proficiency, with the aim of growing the number of highly proficient te reo Māori speakers and supporting sector workforce capabilities.

The Funding Mechanism for Te Tahua o Te Reo Kairangi (PDF, 128 KB) has been approved by the Minister of Education. It applies from 1 January 2023.

We will continue updating this page as operational decisions are made.

What is Te Tahua o Te Reo Kairangi?

Te Tahua o Te Reo Kairangi is a newly established fund that will be another lever that the Government can use to support the outcomes of Maihi Karauna, Tau Mai Te Reo, Ka Hikitia and the Tertiary Education Strategy.

The Fund is intended to support the development of programmes that support high levels of te reo Māori language proficiency, for example as outlined in Te Taura Whiri I te reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) proficiency framework. The Fund is not intended to be the only source of funding that providers use for the development and delivery of programmes, but rather to support providers. The operational design of this fund will be informed through engagement with the sector and with the support of the Ministry of Education.

How will providers be able to access the Fund?

The Fund will be ‘off-Plan funding’. This funding is in addition to current funding already in place between us and providers for te reo Māori programmes.

No specific decisions have yet been made on the operational settings for the Fund. The operational design of this fund will be informed through engagement with the sector and with the support of the Ministry of Education, through which we will determine potential allocation or application processes that are best suited to meet the aims of the Fund and the tertiary education sector.

What can providers use this funding for?

This is new funding to support tertiary providers to develop programmes that focus on high levels of te reo Māori proficiency. The Fund is not intended to be the only source of funding that providers use for the development and delivery of programmes, but rather as additional support.

Operational decisions are yet to be made but we expect that funding could be used to:

  • improve or expand existing programme delivery
  • support new programmes through resource development
  • contribute to establishing pathways for Māori medium education school leavers who want to continue in immersion education
  • meet increased staffing or facility costs or establishing partnerships between existing providers and whānau, hapū and iwi to support whānau aspirations and language revitalisation.

How much funding will providers be eligible for?

Operational decisions are yet to be made. We will work with the sector and the Ministry of Education to determine the parameters of the Fund.

Will funding be allocated yearly?

Operational decisions are yet to be made. We will work with the sector and the Ministry of Education to determine what process is best suited to support the operation of the Fund.

How will the Fund support language revitalisation?

This funding can support the outcomes of Maihi Karauna, Maihi Māori, Tau Mai Te Reo, Ka Hikitia and the Tertiary Education Strategy and support language revitalisation. It will provide opportunities for the tertiary education sector to increase levels of proficiency through education delivery, which in turn will support the outcomes and goals of various Government strategies, but also the vision of Te Taura Whiri.

The Fund may also contribute to establishing pathways into higher education for Māori medium education school leavers, who may want to continue in immersion education settings.

What is the interaction between the Fund and the Programme Development and Maintenance Fund (PDMF) within the Unified Funding System?

While both funds are intended to support the development and expansion of programmes, each has a different scope and focus. Te Tahua o Te Reo Kairangi will contribute towards revitalisation of te reo Māori by supporting development of new or existing tertiary programmes at Level 5 and above that target higher levels of te reo Māori proficiency or that are delivered in immersion settings. The PDMF will prioritise support for programmes that are innovative, flexible, and responsive to new elements in the system, aligning with the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) objectives and the vision of Workforce Development Councils (WDCs). 

We will be able to support providers to determine which fund may be appropriate to support a particular programme or activity.