Te Mātāwai ready for the people says Māori Development Minister

By Heta Gardiner

The Reo Māori Bill, Te Mātāwai, has been on hold for almost a year, but it is finally ready for iwi.

In the last couple of weeks, Minister Te Ururoa Flavell received the last report from the special advisory group he set up to look at the Bill.

He has looked at their recommendations and has now submitted it to Cabinet.

Flavell was confident when asked if the Bill was now ready for law, saying “I believe so, absolutely!”

Additionally, even though there are still several loops to go though, he feels it is a matter of months away, saying, “It is expected to come to fruition by the end of the year.”

This Bill was introduced to Parliament by Dr Pita Sharples, on his last day in the House.

But when Te Ururoa Flavell became the Minister of Māori Development, he put the Bill on hold, and created a special advisory group to have a closer look at the Bill.

Heta Gardiner has the full report on Te Kāea at 5:30pm.