10 June 2018

The ‘He Waka Rauora Reo’ program has been launched by Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust to support tamariki mokopuna engagement and participation in te reo Māori and Kōhanga Reo.
In 2017 Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust received $5million dollars in funding through the then Minister of Māori Development, Hon. Te Ururoa Flavell.

The intention of the funding was targeted towards increasing the number of mokopuna and their whānau accessing te reo through increased participation in Kōhanga Reo.

The first tranche of funding will see 13 Kōhanga Reo whānau receiving the Waka Rauora Reo package that includes a 12 Seater Ssangyong Van, fitted with 10 Diono carseats, RUCS (road user chargers) , petrol, insurance, and maintenance (for 3 years).
The whānau must undertake to develop language and participation plans and report against these for this period which the Trust will report against accordingly.

This is the first capital expenditure of its kind that we have had in years. A further 30 will be allocated later in the year as part of the second tranche. Chief Executive of Te Kōhanga Reo, Kararaina Cribb was thrilled to be able to present the first vehicle to Te Kōhanga Reo o Waipukurau “Whānau in some areas experience extreme pressures just to be able to support their tamariki to attend Kōhanga Reo, these vehicles will help alleviate those pressures and ensure whānau have access to te reo Māori and Kōhanga, the benefits for whānau and communities will be great.”

Two vans will be distributed to each of the Taitokerau, Tamaki Makaurau-Tainui, Aotea-Ikaroa, Tairawhiti regions with three vans distributed to the Mataatua-Te Arawa region with a second round of distribution later in the year.