Te Rōpū Whakahau (Māori Librarians and Information Association) spokesperson Ms Alice Heather, claims Ministry of Education policy preventing public libraries and schools from accessing its Māori language resources is preventing the promotion of Te Reo.
Copyright issues have lead to the Ministry’s Māori language resources being banned from many institutions other than universities, despite public libraries wanting to purchase the resources.
Megan Heffield a senior spokesperson for the Ministry said the materials were produced for the education sector only and wider distribution was never intended. The Ministry only had license to use the work for educational purposes, and therefore need to review copyright around the products if their use was widened.
“To make hard copies more widely available, the ministry would need to consider the management of copyright. We use contributors’ work for stories and illustrations, and have licence to use these for education purposes” said Ms Heffield.
Ms Heffield announced that the Ministry would be investigating the demand for Te Reo materials in regional and community libraries and, if sufficient, will look at ways to make them available online and to all New Zealand.