Aotearoa Reorua is a programme that aims to increase the use of te reo Māori in public places, as well as enhance relationships between iwi and local government. Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Local Government, will shortly meet with pilot centres to celebrate the soft launch of the programme.

The key components of the programme are:

  • a website that talks about the kaupapa, provides useful tools for those councils and iwi/ropū that want to progress their Reorua (more reo in public spaces), highlights case studies and awesome examples of where this has been done, and identifies funding opportunities to Support the mahi,
  • funding that is provided to iwi/ropū so that they can participate and drive this mahi,
  • a tuakana/teina approach whereby early adopters mentor other centres on their journey,
  • resource within the Department of Internal Affairs to work alongside councils on their journey.

The pilot councils are Rotorua District Council, Kāpiti Coast District Council, Wairoa District Council and our fourth teina centre is Napier District Council.

You can find the website here.

Aotearoa Reorua is keen to find ways to promote more reo in communities and public spaces and for this to be in partnership and collaboration between iwi/ropū and councils. 

We encourage you to get in touch with them if this is something you would be interested to do in your council.