The Māori Language Act 1987 – a ‘lesser’ right to speak Māori in the Waitangi Tribunal?

Tai Ahu examines a Waitangi Tribunal ruling limiting use of te reo Māori (the Māori language) by counsel. read more

Matua Rautia: the report on the Kōhanga Reo claim

Matua Rautia: the Report on the Kōhanga Reo Claim

Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 2336, 2012)

The Waitangi Tribunal has released its report Matua Rautia: the report on the Kōhanga Reo claim. The report deals with a number of issues about the state of te reo Māori in kōhanga reo (Māori language preschools) and the Crown’s obligations to support the kōhanga reo movement and language revitalisation.

Download Matua Rautia: the report on the Kōhanga Reo claim here (4.45 MB PDF). read more

The Legal Māori Dictionary – treading a careful path…

In early 2013, LexisNexis will publish a new Māori language dictionary. Māori language dictionaries are nothing new, however this dictionary will be the first comprehensive bilingual dictionary conveying Western legal concepts in Māori. read more

Ko Aotearoa Tēnei – Te Reo Māori

Ko Aotearoa Tēnei (A Report into Claims Concerning New Zealand Law and Policy Affecting Māori Culture and Identity)

Waitangi Tribunal (2011 Wai 262)


Ko Aotearoa Tēnei - This is New Zealand/Aotearoa is the long awaited report of the Waitangi Tribunal on a number of claims about law and policy affecting Māori culture and identity.

Māori Law Review co-editor Carwyn Jones has written a series of posts examining the major sections of this substantial Tribunal report.  In the seventh post in this series, Carwyn sets out the Tribunal's views on the Māori language - te reo Māori. read more