- Between 1996 and 2013, the proportion of the Māori population able to converse in Māori decreased from 25.0 percent to 21.3 percent.
- Between 2006 and 2013, the proportion of Māori able to converse in te reo Māori increased only among those aged 65 and over.
- In all other age groups, the proportion of Māori able to converse in te reo Māori declined.
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The source data for this indicator is available from 2001 Census: Māori – reference report , 2006 Census: QuickStats About Māori and 2013 Census: QuickStats about Māori on the Statistics NZ website.
Definition and measure
Language is intrinsic to expressing and sustaining culture as a means of communicating values, beliefs, and customs. As the indigenous culture of New Zealand, Māori culture is unique to New Zealand and forms a fundamental part of the national identity. Māori language is central to Māori culture and an important aspect of cultural participation and identity.
This indicator shows the proportion of people who identify themselves as being of Māori ethnicity who are able to have an everyday conversation in te reo Māori. The data does not measure fluency because this is subject to variations in people’s assessment of their own ability.
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