April 06, 2020
Younger speakers keeping te reo numbers up
Almost 1 in 5 Māori adults said they could speak Te reo Māori, and a third said they could understand the language at least fairly well.
That’s the finding of Te Kupenga, the survey of Māori well-being done by Tatauranga Aotearoa Statistics New Zealand in 2018.
Its finding that over half of Māori people had some Te reo Māori speaking ability and was similar to its 2013 survey.
The biggest numbers of speakers were Māori aged between 15 and 24 years and those over 55.
Wellbeing and housing statistics manager Dr Claire Bretherton says the high proportions of younger people who are able to speak Te reo Māori may reflect the emergence of Māori immersion teaching and learning environments over the past few decades.
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