Indicators

Percentage of Māori population proficient in te reo Māori

Why This Is Important

There is a need to raise foundation skills so that all people can participate in our knowledge society.  Foundation competencies are a set of skills, knowledge and dispositions in the areas of language, literacy and numeracy.

Māori language is a key element of Māori culture, and constitutes part of the broader cultural identity of New Zealand. 

There have been major efforts since 2003, when the Government released the revised Māori Language Strategy to consolidate and coordinate its Māori language programmes and policies, to revitalise te reo and increase the number of people who use it and the situations in which it is used.  Te reo Māori education through the tertiary sector plays an important role in language revitalisation, as well as maintaining and developing the variety within the language in its use in different situations.

Indicator

Percentage of Māori population proficient in te reo Māori

Numerator: (Data Source: Statistics New Zealand: Health of the Māori Language Survey)
Total number of respondents from Statistics New Zealand's Survey on the Health of the Māori Language (2001, 2006) who indicated that they could understand or say many things in the language (that is, they could speak, write, read or listen (2001 only) 'well' or 'very well').

Denominator: (Data Source: Statistics New Zealand: Health of the Māori Language Survey)
Total number of respondents from Statistics New Zealand's Survey on the Health of the Māori Language (2001, 2006), by age group.

Interpretation Issues

Data for this indicator were obtained from a sample survey, and will contain both sampling and non-sampling errors. Sampling error is a measure of the variability that occurs by chance because a sample rather than an entire population is surveyed. Non-sampling errors include errors arising from biases in the patterns of response and non-response, inaccuracies in reporting by respondents, including inaccuracies as a result of proxy interviewing, and errors in the recording and coding of data.

In the 2001 survey, a total of 4,737 full responses were received.  In the 2006 survey, a total of 3,858 full responses were received.

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