Te Waka Reo: National Language Policy Network

The Human Rights Commission has a longstanding commitment to the promotion of language as a human right. The vision for language in the New Zealand Action Plan for Human Rights (2005) was that “by the bicentenary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 2040 New Zealand is well established as a bilingual nation and communities are supported in the use of other languages”. 

The Commission contributes to this vision in a number of ways, including:

For a summary of developments in language policy and practice in New Zealand see Te Waka Reo: Languages in Aotearoa 2004-2011.

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