October 02, 2014
Stats show value of early reo Maori
Half of Maori who have ever been enrolled in both kohanga reo and kura kaupapa can speak te reo Maori well or very well.
That’s a finding from Statistics New Zealand’s Te Kupenga household survey of Maori well being.
A new report from the survey, Ka maro te aho tapu, ka tau te korowai, looks at language use.
Household statistics manager Diane Ramsay says the report confirms that te reo Maori ability and use has a strong connection with participation in Maori culture by highlighting the relationship between te reo and other aspects of Maori culture, such as tribal identity.
For example, of Maori who had a thorough knowledge of their pepeha, 62 percent used at least some te reo Maori in the home, compared with 16 percent of those who knew less about their pepeha.
Those with children in the home were twice as likely to speak te reo as those without.
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