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Dreams became a reality tonight as the philosophy of Te Aho Matua was legislated for as an amendment to the Education Act.

Dreams became a reality tonight as the philosophy of Te Aho Matua was legislated for as an amendment to the Education Act.

"My colleagues and I who supported this piece of legislation can stand tall," Maori Affairs Minister, Hon Tau Henare, said. "This is a salute to the grassroots people who've sweat blood and tears for years to get this concept recognised. This does that.

"The people at the coalface running nga kura kaupapa wanted this enshrined. Their representatives came to see me and my colleagues and said: can you do this? Of course we can, but there's been a play by a group of political upstarts to block its passage.

"Representatives of kura kaupapa asked for this. They've asked consecutive governments for years, who've only managed to put the issue in the too hard basket.

"Maori members of parliament have a job to do now, not if/or when there's a change of government. That's what members on this side of the House have proceeded to do since taking office.

"For a party like Labour, whose desperately trying to find its Maori lineage again, to try and usurp the intent of this amendment by proposing a red herring like a treaty clause in the Education Act is hard to swallow when if they're so concerned about treaty clauses all of a sudden, they should've thought about it when they had the opportunity to do something about it.

"I'll leave it to the electorate to decide whether what we've done is right or wrong, and the Labour Party won't need an interpreter for the result.

"Those who supported the legislation have humbly done the job they were asked to do. To the mums, dads, tamariki, nannies and koro who've beavered away over the years to make this a reality I say: dream no longer. You are somebody," said Mr Henare.