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With the present and proposed minimum wage increases a number of Kohanga Reo will be forced to close because the government funding levels are not proposed to increase at the same rate. 

This is especially problematic as the current funding amounts are far below what is necessary to run Kohanga to the highest standards without requiring staff to volunteer their time on top of their paid work.

If our country is truly invested in the future of our tamariki Māori, the government will not let these closures happen.

Kohanga Reo have a proven track record as a foundation for leading tamariki Māori on a positive educational path.

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"The kohanga reo were intended to revitalise the speaking of the Maori language by immersing pre-school children in a totally Maori language environment. These kohanga reo have been phenomenally successful. The first pre-school participants are now the parents of new preschoolers for kohanga reo.

The kura kaupapa Maori and whare kura have been a natural progression from kohanga reo and share the same philosophies and principles or kaupapa as the kohanga reo. The teaching and learning of the curriculum is through the immersion of the students in the Maori language. While attending kura kaupapa Maori the notion of being Maori is the norm and there are no doubts about identity and self worth. The kura are strongly supported by the kura families because it is the first time that Maori families have had a direct input into the control and direction of the schools their children attend. Similarly, the development and growth of the wananga has lifted the numbers of Maori seeking a tertiary education.

It is said that the lifeblood of any culture is its language. Without its language, the culture becomes irrelevant, unimportant and pointless. The culture will eventually die."  Dickson, Matiu -"Maori Women and Education. Whakatauaki: "He mana te Matauranga - Knowledge is Power"" [2005] NZYbkNZJur 17; (2005) 8.2 Yearbook of New Zealand Jurisprudence 104

THE FOLLOWING LETTER HAS BEEN SENT TO RELEVANT MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT FROM TOMAIRANGI KOHANGA REO IN GISBORNE - THESE MPS ARE THE INTENDED RECIPIENTS OF THIS PETITION

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To - Hon. Meka Whaitiri, Hon. Kelvin Davis, Hon. Nanaia Mahuta, Hon. Iain Lees-Galloway, Hon. Willie Jackson, Hon. Chris Hipkins, Hon. Peeni Henare

As you will be aware, as of the 1st April,2018 the minimum wage increased to $16.50 per hour and it has been forecast by the current government that by 2021 the minimum wage will be at $20.00 per hour.
While we do not disagree with this increase, as it is moving towards meeting the estimated daily living costs, we do have grave concerns about how this increase will impact on our Kohanga Reo - in our region and throughout New Zealand: In the event that Kohanga Reo are unable to sustain their legal financial obligation, we believe that many Kohanga Reo will be forced to close.
A high number of our Kohanga Reo currently pay the minimum wage, due to the level of funding they receive.

At the present rate of funding for Kohanga, we find it difficult or impossible to operate. The pay increase without increased funding will mean

• Many of our smaller Kohanga Reo in the Tairawhiti area have rolls of 15 tamariki or less, as these Kohanga Reo cater to various rural-isolated areas - these will probably have to close
• The loss of Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga.
• The loss of identity. Turangawaewae
• The loss of Mana Rangatiratanga
• The loss of training programmes that cater to kaupapa matauranga Maori 

The Kohanga Reo Trust offers training programmes for up to 6 years.

• Te Aratuatahi (1 year programme)
• Te Aratuarua (1 year programme)
• Te Tohu Whakapakari (3 year programme)
• Te Takai Matua (1 year programme)

It is the intention that those enrolled in these courses utilise these training programmes for the benefit of mokopuna within Kohanga Reo. Based on the outcomes of these programmes being completed, the Kohanga Reo whanau offer remuneration. e.g. Kohanga Reo staff maybe offered 25c more per hour. (TA 1) 50c more per hour (TA2) $1.00 more per hour (Te Tohu Whakapakari) on completion. We acknowledge the effort and work put in by the staff member. With the minimum wage increases so will the wages for qualified staff members increase.


We firmly believe that if funding increases, to meet the wage increases, are not met, many Kohanga Reo will lose mokopuna and staff or be forced to close.


Therefore, we implore you to address this issue and increase the level of funding so that we at Kohanga Reo are at the same level as Early Childcare Education.


We would be happy to meet with you to discuss this matter further.


Heoi ano ra, nga mihi ki a koe mo au mahi i roto i te kawanatanga, engari me aroha mau ki a matou e kai kongakonga nei i tenei wa.


Naku noa
na Ngahiiti Ngamanu

P/p TomairangiKohanga Reo

 



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