3.5 Māori Immersion Teaching Allowance

3.5.1 All full time Principals required to teach in te Reo Māori immersion classes at levels one or two as defined in clause 3.5.5 or 3.5.6 below shall receive an allowance of $4,000 per annum.

3.5.2 All full-time Principals required to teach in te Reo Māori immersion classes at level one who have more than three continuous years’ service teaching in level one Māori immersion classes shall receive an additional allowance of $2,000 per annum. This is in addition to the allowance described in clause 3.5.1.

3.5.3 All full-time Principals required to teach in te Reo Māori immersion classes at level one who have more than six continuous years’ service teaching in level one Māori immersion classes the additional allowance described in clause 3.5.2 shall increase to $4,000 per annum. This is in addition to the allowance described in clause 3.5.1.

3.5.4 The employer shall attest to the eligibility of Principals for these allowances according to the levels of te Reo Māori immersion outlined in clause 3.5.5 or 3.5.6 below.

3.5.5 “Level one”: 81% to 100% immersion:

    1. te reo Māori is the Principal language of communication and instruction;
    2. the Principal curriculum is taught entirely in Māori;
    3. it is expected that all students in the programme will interact freely in Māori.

3.5.6 “Level two”: 51% to 80% immersion:

    1. te reo Māori is for most of the time, the language of communication and instruction;
    2. English is accepted as a temporary language of instruction and communication;
    3. There is an agreement between the school and parents that the programme will achieve a particular level of immersion over a specified period of time;
    4. The level of fluency of the teacher will vary considerably, from not very fluent to native-like fluency;
    5. There is a reliance on kaiarahi reo to increase the amount of spoken Māori in the programme;
    6. It is expected that not all students in the programme will interact freely in Māori .

3.5.7 For clarity continuous service for the payment of the allowance in clauses 3.5.2 and 3.5.3 above shall be interrupted but not broken by any periods of unpaid leave and/or breaks in teaching service and/or teaching service in classes other than Māori immersion level one.

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