The Maihi Karauna is the Crown’s Strategy for Māori Language Revitalisation 2018 – 2023.

Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo graduation (the Institute of Excellence in Māori Language), Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, 2018. Rawhitiroa Photography.

What is the Maihi Karauna?

The Maihi Karauna sets out a vision for te reo Māori in the future.  It outlines what the Crown will do to support a strong, healthy, thriving Māori language in New Zealand; Kia māhorahora te reo – everywhere, everyway, for everyone, every day.

Read the strategy on a page.

Download the draft Maihi Karauna strategy in te reo Māori or English.

Public consultation closed

Public consultation on the draft Maihi Karauna strategy closed on 30 September 2018. More than 2000 responses were received in English and Māori.

The Crown is now analysing the feedback to refine and finalise the strategy with a view to implementation in 2019.

Download the draft Maihi Karauna strategy in te reo Māori or English.

For further information please email

What are the goals of the Maihi Karauna?

The Maihi Karauna sets three challenging goals to achieve in 2040;

  • Aotearoa New Zealand values te reo Māori as a key element of national identity.
  • one million New Zealanders can speak at least basic te reo Māori.
  • 150,000 Māori speak te reo Māori as a primary language.

Who is the Maihi Karauna for, and why?

The Maihi Karauna is for all New Zealanders. Everyone can support the revitalisation of te reo Maori, whether you speak the language or not.

The strategy addresses the revitalisation of the language by including a broad range of New Zealanders while also acknowledging the need to protect the integrity of te reo and recognise its kaitiakitanga (guardianship) by iwi and Māori.

There are also three groups in particular the strategy focuses on;

Tamariki and rangatahi

All young people in New Zealand up to 24 years old. Young people are the future of te reo Māori.





Tāngata matatau ki te reo (fluent speakers)

These are the expert speakers of te reo Māori. They are the Māori language teachers to the next generation, in homes and in the education system. They are also the upholders of the quality and integrity of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge).




Public servants

People who work in the public sector, are often on the front line, face to face, delivering services. In order for the Crown to recognise the value of the Māori language, to actively protect it and reflect the people of New Zealand, the Crown and its staff need to ‘speak’ the language itself.




Where does the Crown want to get to?

The Crown has three key outcomes:

  • Aotearoatanga - te reo Māori is valued by Aotearoa whānui as a central part of national identity.
  • Mātauranga - Aotearoa whānui has increased levels of knowledge, skill and proficiency in te reo Māori.
  • Hononga - Aotearoa whānui is able to engage with te reo Māori.

Maihi Karauna and Maihi Māori

Te Whare o te Reo Mauriora

Te Ture mō te Reo Māori 2016 (the Māori language Act 2016) created a new way of approaching language revitalisation.

The Act established a partnership between the Crown and iwi and Māori, who are represented by Te Mātāwai.

  • Te Mātāwai focuses on homes, communities and the nurturing of Māori children as first language speakers of te reo Māori.
  • The Crown focuses on creating a New Zealand society where te reo Māori is valued, learned and used by developing policies and services that support language revitalisation.

This is the first time the Crown and Māori, represeted by Te Mātāwai, have entered into an active, planned partnership for revitalisation. Together they are working towards a shared vision, kia mauriora te reo.

When that vision is achieved it is expected that;

  • Kia rere: Māori language is shared and used in daily life.
  • Kia tika: Māori language is fit for purpose.
  • Kia Māori: Māori language is a first language and shared.

Watch this video that explains Te Whare o te Reo Mauriora and the relationship between the Maihi Māori and the Maihi Karauna.

Who has developed the draft Maihi Karauna?

The draft Maihi Karauna has been developed by Te Puni Kōkiri, Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori, Te Māngai Pāhō, the Māori Television Service, Ministry of Education, Department of Internal Affairs and Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

The Maihi Karauna on a page


Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • Whakawhanaungatanga wānanga

    • Date: 23 December 2020 to 30 December 2021

    Te reo me ōna tikanga, our connection to our whenua, marae kawa tikanga, waiata, karakia whānau connection hapū, iwi connection.

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Paretai, Mau Rua whānau, however incorporating the other whanau, it becomes tō mātou whānau.
  • John Walsh: A Portrait of Ūawa Tolaga Bay

    • Date: 08 November 2018 to 15 February 2019

    The exhibition, John Walsh: A Portrait of Ūawa Tolaga Bay, is a major survey of Walsh’s portrait paintings.

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    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: New Zealand Portrait Gallery
  • Consultation on Geographic Name Proposals

    • Date: 05 November 2018 to 05 February 2019

    The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa is seeking submissions on four geographic name proposals across New Zealand.

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    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa
  • Revitalising indigenous languages through technology

    • Date: 12 September 2018
    • Time: 5:30 pm – 7 pm

    Celebrate te wiki o te reo Māori with us. Willy-John Martin will facilitate with 3 thinkers who are at the cutting edge of technological innovations around indigenous language normalisation.

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    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: National Library of New Zealand
  • Te Reo o te Wahine

    • Date: 11 September 2018
    • Time: 6:30 pm – 9 pm

    A panel discussion featuring wahine champions of te reo Māori, features wahine who are champions of revitalising and normalising te reo Māori.

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    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

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