For the past fifteen years Kotahi Mano Kāika has focused on building enthusiasm, capacity and capability amongst Kāi Tahu whānau, papatipu rūnanga and our communities towards achieving our vision of Kotahi Mano Kāika -1000 Ngāi Tahu homes speaking te reo Māori.Since the first strategy was released in 2000, the strategy has been reviewed every five years. Our three current priorities are;


Goal 1 :

Magnetising the core
‘Making te reo and the lifestyle choice incorporating intergenerational transmission more attractive and desirable’

  • Raising the value of te reo Māori and intergenerational transmission as a preferred lifestyle choice for Ngāi Tahu.
  • Ngāi Tahu making a mark as a role model in Language Revitalisation.


Goal 2 :

Mobilising the masses
‘Enabling more people to become actively involved in reo revitalisation initiatives and commit to intergenerational transmission within their homes.’

  • Increasing the number of quality Ngāi Tahu reo speakers.
  • Supporting Ngāi Tahu whānau to use te reo as an everyday language.

Goal 3 :

Advocating for Influence, Cohesion and Coordination
‘Increase the number of active advocates and build strategic relationships to deliver and achieve greater outcomes.’

  • Ngāi Tahu have increased influence in the strategic direction of efforts and activities in te reo Māori revitalisation across all sectors in the Ngāi Tahu Rohe.
  • Increased number of Ngāi Tahu advocates actively support and champion KMK and reo revitalisation amongst the wider tribal populace and beyond.

Major Issues Affecting KMK

Despite our successes and achievements over the past 15 years, there are a number of major issues that are challenging the success of te reo revitalisation amongst Ngāi Tahu. In no particular order, they are;

Value: Te Reo Māori is dwarfed by other priorities both at the individual and tribal levels and therefore given little attention or recognition.

Apathy: A lack of stimuli or urgency which motivate people to become active participants in language revitalisation efforts.

People Power: Severely limited capacity within the Ngāi Tahu rohe (and beyond) of competent people who can fulfil and drive te reo positions/projects including but not limited to: teachers, champions at local and national levels, drivers of reo initiatives

Access to education: There are limited choices for quality te reo Māori education options from early childhood through to tertiary for residents of Te Waipounamu.
Leadership: Ngāi Tahu requires a greater number of tribal leaders to champion and advocate for KMK and role model language revitalisation and intergenerational transmission if critical mass is to be achieved.



KMK 5 Year Plan 2006

KMK 5 Year Plan 2006

KMK strategy 2001

KMK strategy 2001