Monday, March 28, 2011

[pima.nius] NZ: MP welcomes court action over loss of Pacific language books

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Title – 7364 NZ: MP welcomes court action over loss of Pacific language books
Date – 28 March 2011
Byline – None
Origin – Pacific Media Watch
Source – Radio NZ International, 27/3/11
Copyright – RNZI
Status – Unabridged
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NZ MP WELCOMES COURT ACTION OVER LOSS OF LANGUAGE BOOKS
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=59607

AUCKLAND (Radio NZ International/Pacific Media Watch): An opposition MP in New Zealand says he supports a coalition taking court action over the Ministry of Education's move to suspend the producing of Pacific language books for schools.

The Coalition of Pacific languages group represents more than 40 Pacific organisations and thousands of parents and individuals, who say the government's move is a breach of human rights.

They are opposed to the production of the popular Tupu and Folaunga series of language books being stopped indefinitely.

Mangere Labour MP, Su'a William Sio, says the community's effort to fight it, is understandable.

>>> There's an obligation on any government to ensure that those languages are protected. If we as a people lose the language we lose more than just the ability to communicate in our first languages, we lose our history and our culture.

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