In 1973, led by Dr Richard Benton, the newly established NZCER Māori Research Unit (Te Wāhanga Kaupapa Māori), embarked on the first sociolinguistic survey of te reo Māori in New Zealand.
Te Kaupapa Our work
Ahakoa te aha, ka whai tonu ngā mahi a Te Wāhanga ki ngā mātāpono kaupapa Māori ā-tikanga. Mā te Rōpū Tikanga Rangahau mātou e taunaki. Ka whakaū mātou ki te rangahau, ki te arototuruki, ki te tātari kaupapahere, ki te whanaketanga mātanga tae atu ki te whanake i ngā rauemi ā-hāngai rangahau. Ka whaipānga anō mātou ki ētahi atu kairangahau, pūtahi anō hoki tae atu ki ngā mana pērā i te kōhanga reo, wharekura, wānanga me ētahi atu rōpū Māori ā-mātauranga iwi.
All Te Wāhanga work adheres to kaupapa Māori research principles, guided by tikanga. A recently established Rōpū Tikanga Rangahau assists us with this. We undertake research, evaluation, policy analysis, professional development, and the development of research-based resources. We also have collaborative relationships with outside researchers and institutions, and with groups including kōhanga reo, kura, wharekura, wānanga, and other iwi and Māori education groups.