Story: Te reo Māori – the Māori language

Karioi Native School, 1908

Karioi Native School, 1908

One of the key elements of the government's provision of education to Māori children in the 19th century was that instruction was in English. This played a significant role in undermining the Māori language. Here children from Karioi Native School in the central North Island show pictures they have drawn on their slates.

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Rawinia Higgins and Basil Keane, 'Te reo Māori – the Māori language - The spread of English, 1840s to 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/41075/karioi-native-school-1908 (accessed 22 October 2019)

Story by Rawinia Higgins and Basil Keane, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Sep 2015