Hon Nanaia Mahuta, in Committee, to move the following amendments:
New cross-heading and new clauses 3A and 3B
After clause 3 (page 30, after line 12), insert:
Summary of historical events and apology of the Crown
3A Summary of historical events
The Native Schools Act 1867 and subsequent government policies had the aim of assimilating Māori into European culture by teaching only the English language in the state school system.
The degradation and loss of the Māori language had a severe impact for more than a century on the identity and capacity of Māori to uphold their customs, tradition, and beliefs.
Recognition of Māori as an official language by the Māori Language Act 1987 was a step towards wider recognition of te reo Māori, but could not redress the damage done to the status of the language.
The Crown apologises to Iwi Māori for the detrimental affects its policies have caused to successive generations and seeks to preserve, revitalise, and grow te reo Māori as a partner to Te Tiriti o Waitangi the Treaty of Waitangi.