Māori language speakers

The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.

Stats NZ is developing well-being indicators, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, to track New Zealand’s progress. As the well-being indicators have similar aims to the NZ Progress Indicators and NZ Social Indicators, we are reviewing the future of these existing indicators.

Please contact us at info@stats.govt.nz if you have any questions.

Why is this important for social statistics?

Te reo Māori (the Māori language) is central to Māori culture and identity. It forms part of the cultural identity and heritage of New Zealand. In 1987, te reo Māori was made an official language of New Zealand.

This indicator measures speakers of te reo Māori:

  • as a proportion of the total Māori population
  • as a proportion of the total population.

Downloadable file:

Excel icon. Māori language speakers – tables (Excel, 4 sheets, 27kb)

Includes breakdowns by sex, age group, and Māori and non-Māori populations.

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