Derived from the Census question:
'In which language(s) could you have a conversation about a lot of everyday things?' This is a multi-response question.
Language statistics show the proportion of the population that speak and understand a language other than English. They are indicative of how well Māori are retaining their language.
Language statistics also provide an indicator for the monitoring of language education programmes.
|New Zealand - Rohe||2013||2006||Change|
|Language indicator||Number of Māori within New Zealand||% of Māori within New Zealand||New Zealand Total population %||Number of Māori within New Zealand||% of Māori within New Zealand||New Zealand Total population %||2006 to 2013|
|Māori and English||107,691||16.1||2.9||112,770||17.5||3.3||-5,079||1403|
|Not elsewhere included||3,168||0.5||6.3||2,184||0.3||4.9||+984||1406|
|Total Māori population||668,721||100.0||100.0||643,977||100.0||100.0||+24,744|
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings (opens a new window) 2006 and 2013.
The major differences between the languages spoken by the Māori population in New Zealand Rohe and the New Zealand Total population were:
- A larger percentage of people who speak Māori and English (16.1% compared to 2.9%)
- A larger percentage of people who speak English only (77.5% compared to 72.8%)
- A smaller percentage of people who speak Other languages (2.7% compared to 16.2%)
The largest changes in the languages spoken by the Māori population in New Zealand Rohe between 2006 and 2013 were:
- English only (+33,402 people)
- Māori and English (-5,079 people)
- Other languages (-1,581 people)
- Māori only (+594 people)