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Parliament passes Maori Language Bill

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/04/2016

Parliament has passed the Maori Language Bill, which sets out ways to promote and protect te reo.

It also acknowledges the Crown's past policies and practices had a detrimental effect on the Maori language.

The bill repeals the Maori Language Act 1987 and establishes an independent entity, Te Matawai, to provide leadership for promotion and protection.

During the bill's passage through parliament, Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell inserted a clause which acknowledged the Crown's past actions contributed to the decline in the Maori language and had a negative impact on generations of iwi.

The move stopped short of an apology.

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