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Kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa breathing new life into te reo – media release

Tirohia tēnei whārangi i te reo Māori

Half of Māori who have ever been enrolled in both kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa can speak te reo Māori well or very well, Statistics New Zealand said today.

Ka mārō te aho tapu, ka tau te korowai is a new report about te reo Māori that uses information collected in Te Kupenga 2013, our survey of Māori well-being.

“This new information shows the relationships between te reo ability and use. It adds huge value to discussions about future strategies for revitalising the Māori language,” household statistics manager Diane Ramsay said.

The report confirms that te reo Māori ability and use has a strong connection with participation in Māori culture by highlighting the relationship between te reo and other aspects of Māori culture, such as tribal identity.

For example, of Māori who had a thorough knowledge of their pepeha (tribal identity), 62 percent used at least some te reo Māori in the home, compared with 16 percent of those who knew less about their pepeha.

The presence of children in the household is related to greater use of the language in the home. Those with children in the home were twice as likely to speak te reo as those without.

“Statistics NZ is strongly focused on making sure New Zealand has the information it needs to grow and prosper and capturing information for Māori is a key part this. We rely on New Zealanders supplying their information to us. Thanks to them, we are now able to give back this rich information about Māori well-being,” Ms Ramsay said.

See more results at www.stats.govt.nz/tekupenga.

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For media enquires contact: Emily Marden, Wellington 04 931 4600, info@stats.govt.nz  

Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 2 October 2014

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