The Toi Reo Māori programme is the only recognised te reo Māori translators and interpreters’ qualification available in Aotearoa. Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori administers Toi Reo Māori under Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori 2016, giving it authority to license qualified translators and interpreters.
The widespread use of te reo Māori in society today has increased the demand for, and supply of, high quality te reo Māori translation and interpretation services. This demand has led to an increased number of people sitting Toi Reo Māori. Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori is committed to increasing the number of certified translators and interpreters who are industry-ready and well supported through professional development opportunities.
The evaluation examines what activities or approaches have and have not been effective for Toi Reo Māori. It also looks at what changes need to be made to improve Toi Reo Māori for it to be successful online in the future.
The evaluation findings and recommendations also sought to assist Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori to:
- inform future planning, resourcing and policy development of the programme
- increase the capability of translators and interpreters through ongoing learning and development opportunities
- maintain the quality of licenced translators and interpreters.