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What is a Language Nest?

Language nests refer to early childhood education and care based on a specific language or culture. Examples of language nests include Kohanga Reo or Pacific Island language groups.

Köhanga reo are sessional or all-day Mäori language immersion early childhood institutions. Their prime aim is the maintenance of the language of the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Mäori. The centres are community based and are administered by local management groups affiliated to the Te Köhanga Reo National Trust.

Pacific Islands language groups Pacific Islands language centres offer programmes based on the values and languages of Pacific Islands cultures. They range from licence-exempt family playgroups, meeting once or twice a week, to licensed and chartered centres. These programme emphasise language development, both in Pacific Islands languages and English, and increasing parental knowledge in early childhood care and education.