Although many Māori students study within the mainstream education system, increasing numbers are taking advantage of growing opportunities in Māori medium education. These include kōhanga reo (Māori medium early childhood education services), kura kaupapa (Māori medium schools) and kura reorua (bilingual and Māori language immersion classes in mainstream schools).
The idea of a Māori immersion curriculum has grown and been nurtured through kōhanga reo. It is now established for school-age children in kura kaupapa and in bilingual units and classes.
This is one of the most important developments in New Zealand education and it has created a strong demand for speakers of te reo Māori at all levels of our education system.