The Māori Language Commission welcomed its new chair for the next three years, Professor Rawinia Higgins.

Minister of Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta says it was a significant day for the Māori Language Commission with their first female chair.

"Ko te mea pai ake ki a au, he wahine, he wahine pukumahi, ko āna momo ko āna pūkenga kua kitea whānui mai kei waenganui i a tātou nei iwi Māori, kei ngā wāhi katoa ā tauira anō hoki mō ā tātou nei whakatupuranga."

Mahuta also adds that the main job in front of her is to implement the Crown's Māori Language Strategy.

"Kua hipa mai ia ki tēnei tūranga ki te whakamahia me kī ngā āhuatanga o te maihi karauna kia tū tōtika Te Whare Mauriora o te reo Māori."

Higgins is known widely for her expertise in Māori language education.

She's also the Vice Chancellor Māori at the school of Māori Studies at Victoria University.

She says in the end, she's happy but remains humble about her new role:

"Kei te mīharo katoa au nā te tokomaha i haere mai ki te tautoko, ngā kaupapa reo Māori katoa i tae ā-tinana mai me te harikoa o ngā kōrero i puta."

A new chair and a new direction to revitalise our language.

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