Budget 2018 saw a further $590 million given to early childhood education.

According to the government, the extra money will enable thousands of more children to access extra learning support they needed before starting school.

However, the only Puna Reo in Tauranga is full to the limit and they are saying more money is needed to expand in order to cater for more children. They have wanted to expand for a long time now.

Since its inception in 2015 spots have been constantly filled.

Te Puna Reo o Pukehinahina Manager Raylene Kuka says that more money needs to be invested in helping these children gain early intervention at home, it would benefit Māori learners.

“Āhua hāwhe ngā whānau kāre e taea te kōrero Māori i te kāinga. He ara anō tērā kia whāngai pūtea ki tērā hei whakapakari, hei tautoko i ngā whānau kia ako i te reo.”

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