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Māori language
     
Tirohia tēnei whārangi i te reo Māori

Māori language information covers the Māori ethnic population.

Over a fifth of Māori can hold a conversation in te reo Māori

In 2013, 125,352 Māori (21.3 percent) could hold a conversation about a lot of everyday things in te reo Māori, a 4.8 percent decrease from the 2006 Census.

Of the Māori who could hold a conversation in te reo Māori in 2013:

  • 26.3 percent were aged under 15 years – down 6.2 percent from 2006
  • 23.3 percent were aged 15 to 29 years – down 8.2 percent
  • 40.6 percent were aged 30 to 64 years – down 5.0 percent
  • 9.8 percent were aged 65 years and over – up 11.0 percent.

Graph, Speakers of te reo Māori as a proportion of the total Māori population, by age and sex, 2013 Census.

One in five Māori speak more than one language

In 2013, 125,388 Māori (21.3 percent) spoke more than one language, a decrease of 4.9 percent from 2006. Of the Māori who spoke more than one language in 2013:

  • 93.4 percent spoke two languages
  • 6.6 percent spoke three or more languages.
Number of languages spoken by the Māori ethnic group
By age
2013 Census
Age (years)  One language  Two languages  Three or more languages
 Percent
Under 15  26.1  5.1  0.3
15–29  18.9  4.8  0.4
30–64  28.2  8.0  0.7
65+  3.3  1.9  0.1
Total Māori  76.5  19.9  1.4
Source: Statistics New Zealand
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