Welcome to our special series, Anamata, where the Te Karere reporters look to the year ahead on various hot kaupapa for Māori. Joining Scotty for today's Anamata is Hania Douglas, talking about the year ahead for te reo.

Scotty: So what's the latest you've heard about Te Mātāwai - what are their plans for the year ahead?

Hania: I've been told that three of the seven rohe are ready to roll out their funding for language revitalisation projects. I spoke with Te Tai Rāwhiti rep Jeremy MacLeod who said they're ready to pay out funding and he's excited to see some different ideas, some creative ideas that we have yet to see before. 

Scotty: That's great. And what of kura reo - you mentioned that creative ideas are the aim to revitalise the language. If we think back, kura reo have been a mainstay for this over the past 30 years - how will kura reo be run under Te Mātāwai's new agenda? 

Hania: Te Mātāwai's main focus is to return the managements of the reo sector into iwi hands. These kura reo were, in the past, run by the Māori Language Commission(Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori).  Now they've been changed to wānanga reo which will be run by the iwi themselves with subject matter relating directly to the iwi. That's what we can expect from these programmes.

Scotty: Now let me ask you what you think we can expect from the year to come - what do you predict for te reo Māori?

Hania: I understand that more and more of NZ are interested in the language. The recent Nielsen survey said around 75% of the country believed the language should be learned by more New Zealanders, so I predict that Māori language programmes will be inundated next year, not just with Māori, but with our fellow countrymen, and the idea excites me.

Scotty: Thank you for that, that’s certainly something to look forward to for the year ahead. it