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