QuickStats About Māori

  • In 2006, 131,613 (23.7 percent) of Māori could hold a conversation about everyday things in te reo Māori, an increase of 1,128 people from the 2001 Census.
  • One-quarter of Māori aged 15 to 64 years could hold a conversation in te reo Māori.
  • Just under half (48.7 percent) of Māori aged 65 years and over could hold a conversation in te reo Māori. 
  • More than one in six Māori (35,148 people) aged under 15 years could hold a conversation in te reo Māori.
  • In 2006, 23.8 percent of Māori spoke more than one language. While the majority spoke te reo Māori and English, 204 Māori spoke te reo Māori and another language, other than English.

Graph, Maori speakers of te reo maori as proportion of the total maori population.  

Note: The Māori ethnic population includes those people who stated Māori as being their sole ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.