Ardern wants Te Reo Maori 'universally available' but steers clear of endorsing making it compulsory in schools

The government has steered clear of supporting a roll-out of compulsory Te Reo Maori education in primary schools, instead the Prime Minister says the focus was on "making sure it is realisitc" first.

Jacinda Ardern spoke in Porirua today, saying the government will create the "foundations" prior to making te reo compulsory. 

"It's an official language of New Zealand, it enriches our education system and our lives and it improves learning amongst students."

"We want everyone to have access to te reo," she said, however Ms Ardern added New Zealand isn't "close to that yet". 

"We want te reo to be universally available, that means making sure we're supporting enough graduates in teaching te reo," she said.

"We have a shortage now, we have a lot of work to do there."

Ms Ardern said the promise was "a different policy" to the Green Party who committed to compulsory te reo learning. 

"Our focus is making sure it's realistic, at the moment unless we keep investing in te reo teachers, then that goal is hard. We want to make sure we have the foundations there."

It's a step back from the Green Party's policy to make te reo compulsory in schools. Source: 1 NEWS

Corrections tell court man who raped girl should not be released into community

Violent rapist Mark David Chisnall has listened in as High Court lawyers debated whether he posed too great a risk to be released back into the community or not.

The 31-year-old was 14 when he raped an 8-year-old girl in a park in a small Taranaki town and has also been convicted of sexual attacks on a 7-year-old boy and a woman aged in her 20s.

He finished his jail term in April last year, but has since been detained under interim detention.

Today, Justice Edwin Wylie listened to submissions from lawyers representing the Corrections Department and Chisnall, who appeared via video link.

Corrections have called for Chisnall to be further detained under a public protection order to prevent him from re-offending.

His lawyer Tony Ellis argued Chisnall should be released on strict conditions under an extended supervision order.

Chisnall has been in detention at Christchurch Men's Prison since finishing his sentence at Paremoremo Prison in Auckland.

Corrections were forced to seek his interim detention after making their application for a public protection order against him too close to the end of his official prison sentence.

Chisnall appealed the legality of the interim detention but had this dismissed by Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias in the Supreme Court in August.

She agreed with health professionals that Chisnall posed a "very high risk of imminent serious sexual or violent offending" if he was released before a hearing could be held into his long term future.

"He has limited self-control, absence of concern for victims and poor interpersonal relationships," she said.

Justice Wylie is expected to announce his judgment about whether Chisnall should be detained under a public protection order before Christmas.



A quarter of Waikato's traffic tickets 'have no relevance to safety,' says senior police officer

Waikato Police have dropped measuring their officers' performance on how many traffic tickets they give to motorists, after a road policing manager said a quarter of all infringement notices dished out in the region "have no relevance to safety".

Waikato Road Policing Manager Inspector Marcus Lynam has instead told Fairfax Media he wants his staff to emphasise better outcomes which will improve road safety.

"We issue tickets, they can't pay the fines, they end up in court, so we are part of that problem.

"I'm in this job for the next two years and in the next two years, I will not have any performance measures on the numbers of tickets for any staff because it is a barrier to what we want to achieve," Mr Lynam said.

Speaking at a Waikato Regional Council transport committee meeting on Monday, Mr Lynam spoke about how police need to change their methods in order to achieve better road safety results.

"Do we want a whole lot of figures and not very good outcomes, or do we want fewer figures and better outcomes?"

In a statement, National Manager Road Policing Superintendent Steve Greally said infringement notices are a good tool to measure activity, but agreed with the approach taken by Waikato Police.

"It makes no sense at all to appraise an officer's performance based on the number of infringements issued and we support Inspector Lynam's approach."

Source: 1 NEWS