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Teachers back Greens' te reo Māori plan

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The New Zealand Education Institute and the Post-Primary Teachers' Association are also in favour. © Getty Images The New Zealand Education Institute and the Post-Primary Teachers' Association are also in favour.

Principals and teachers have backed the Green Party's bid to have te reo Māori taught in all public schools.

The New Zealand Principals' Federation says adopting the measure will benefit all children.

"It is admirable that we would aspire to a bi-lingual future for our country," president Whetu Cormick said.

The New Zealand Education Institute and the Post-Primary Teachers' Association are also in favour.

NZEI president president Lynda Stuart says te reo Maaori should be part of everyday language and be taught as a key part of the curriculum.

But she says a lot of work is needed to make this possible, including professional development and training of teachers, and attracting more fluent Maori speakers into teaching.

PPTA president Jack Boyle says his organisation has had a policy supporting te reo Māori as a universal subject since 2001, "so it's excellent to see a political party taking concrete steps towards achieving it".

The Greens have launched a petition over the issue.

Māori development spokeswoman Marama Davidson says Green MPs will engage with parents, teachers, unions, hapu and iwi to create a plan that will ensure every child learns te reo Māori up to year 10.

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