Māori Language in Education

This report provides a snapshot of Māori Language Learning as at 1 July. It reports on 3 levels of Māori language in Education: Māori-medium, Māori Language in English medium, and Students not involved in Māori language in education.

Māori-medium

Māori medium includes students who are taught the curriculum in Māori language for at least 51 percent of the time (Māori Language Immersion levels 1-2).

As at 1 July 2017 there were 19,438 students enrolled in Māori medium education, representing 2.4% of the total school population, a 0.1 percentage point increase on 2016. Of the 19,438 students who were involved in Māori medium, 97.7% identified as Māori and 57.6% attended a school where all students were enrolled in Māori medium.

As at 1 July 2017, there were 277 schools with students enrolled in Māori medium, two fewer than in July 2016. Of these 277 schools, 112 had all eligible students in Māori medium, 124 also offered Māori language in English medium, and 109 schools had at least one student not enrolled in Māori language in education.

Table 1: Number of Students in Māori Medium by Māori Language Immersion Level (2012-2017)
Māori Language Immersion Level 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Change
2016-17
Level 1: 81-100% 11,816 12,028 12,704 12,958 13,473 14,373 900
Level 2: 51-80% 4,976 5,315 5,009 4,884 4,971 5,065 94
Māori Medium Total 16,792 17,343 17,713 17,842 18,444 19,438 994

Māori Language in English Medium    

Māori language in English medium involves students who are learning Te Reo Māori as a language subject, or taught the curriculum in the Māori language for up to 50 percent of the time (Māori Language Immersion levels 3-5). 

As at 1 July 2017, 20.7% of the total school population were involved in Māori language in English Medium, compared to 20.5% in 2016. The total number of students involved in Māori language in English medium increased by 2.6% (4,220 students). Of the total 165,601 students enrolled, 36.1% identified as Māori and 45.9% attended a school where all students were enrolled in Māori language in English medium.

As at 1 July 2017, 1,079 schools offered Māori language in English medium: an increase of 5 schools since 1 July 2016. Of the 1,079 schools, 394 had all students enrolled in Māori language in English medium, 124 also offered Māori medium education, and 611 had at least one student not enrolled in Māori language in education.

Table 2: Number of Students in Māori Language in English Medium by Māori Language Immersion Level (2012-2017)
Māori Language Immersion Level 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Change
2016-17
Level 3: 31-50% 4,936 4,843 4,884 5,819 6,885 6,695 -190
Level 4(a): up to 30% 5,537 5,718 5,723 5,950 6,229 6,539 310
Level 4(b): At least 3 hours 21,245 21,141 22,249 21,208 20,236 23,423 3,187
Level 5: Less than 3 Hours 109,405 109,352 114,667 121,745 128,031 128,944 913
Māori Language in English Medium Total 140,943 141,054 147,523 154,722 161,381 165,601 4,220

No Māori Language in Education

As at 1 July 2017, 76.9% of the total school population (615,295 students) were not enrolled in Māori language in education (Māori Immersion levels 1-5). Of these students 19,284 students were not eligible for Māori Language Programme (MLP) funding; this included alternative education students, international fee paying students and students enrolled in secondary-tertiary programmes, 56.6% (348,365 students) were recorded as learning Taha Māori: Simple words, greetings or songs in Māori and the remaining 247,646 students were eligible for Māori Language Programme (MLP) funding but did not receive any Māori language learning at any level.

Table 3:Number of students no enrolled in Māori Language in Education by Māori Language Immersion Level (2012-2017)
Immersion Level201220132014201520162017Change
2016-17
Level 6: Taha Māori340,324342,284338,797339,975343,610348,3654,755
No Māori language learning251,495247,858248,379248,293246,641247,6461,005
Not eligible for MLP Funding10,40613,86114,85115,98317,88419,2841,400
No Māori Language in Education Total602,225604,003602,027604,251608,135615,2957,160

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School Data Dimension Notes

Year

Data is presented as at 1 July of each year 2000 through to 2017.

Level of Immersion

Māori Language Learning describes students being taught at different levels of Māori instruction. Each level is defined by the proportion of time the student is taught using Te Reo Māori.

  • Level 1: 81-100%: Curriculum is taught in Māori for between 20 and up to 25 hours a week
  • Level 2: 51-80%: Curriculum is taught in Māori for between 12.5 and up to 20 hours a week.
  • Level 3: 31-50%: Curriculum is taught in Māori for between 7.5 and up to 12.5 hours a week
  • Level 4(a) 12-30%: Curriculum is taught in Māori for between 3 and up to 7.5 hours a week.
  • Level 4(b) At least 3 hours: Students are learning Te Reo Māori as a separate subject for at least 3 hours a week.
  • Level Less than 3 hours: Students are learning Te Reo Māori as a separate subject for less than 3 hours a week.
  • Level Taha Māori: Students learn Māori songs, greetings, and simple words.
  • No Māori Language Education: Students in school roll not recorded at any level of Māori language learning.
  • Not Applicable: Māori language in Education information is not collected for these students.
Maori Language in Education

Māori Language Immersion Levels can be grouped into 3 different Māori Language in Education categories.

  • Māori Medium: Students are taught all or some curriculum subjects in the Māori language for at least 51 percent of the time (Māori Language Immersion Levels 1-2)
  • Māori language in English medium: is where students are learning Te Reo Māori as a language subject, or taught curriculum subjects in the Māori language for up to 50 percent of the time (Māori Language Immersion levels 3-5).
  • No Māori Language in Education: Students are either involved in Māori Language Immersion Level 6- Taha Māori (Simple words, greetings or songs in Māori) or not recorded as receiving Māori Language immersion at any level
  • Not Applicable: Māori language in Education information is not collected for these students. Includes Alternative Education Students, International fee paying students from 2010 onwards, and Secondary tertiary programme students from 2013 onwards. Students may study at any level of Māori language learning but the school does not receive Māori Language Programme funding for these students.
Māori Language Descriptor

A description of what levels of Māori Language in Education are available at the School

  • Māori-medium school: All students are involved in Māori-medium
  • School with some students in Māori-medium: Some students do Māori-medium and the rest do no Māori language in education
  • Mixed Māori Language in Education School: All students are either involved in Māori-medium or Māori language in English medium.
  • School with some students in mixed Māori language in education: Some students do Maori-medium, some do Māori language in English medium, and some do no Māori language in education.
  • Māori language in English medium school: All students are involved in Māori language in English medium.
  • School with some students in Māori language in English medium: Some students do Māori language in English medium, and the rest do no Māori language in education.
  • No Māori Language in Education School: No students do Māori-medium education or Māori language in English medium.
  • Not Applicable: Health camp schools i.e. Information not collected for these schools.
Year level

The number of years of schooling a student has received, also known as funding year level. The funding year level for most students is based on the date they first started school. It is independent of the way schools are organised and independent of the particular programme of study that a student may undertake.

School ID

The individual Identification code a school is given by the ministry of education.

School Name

The name of the school as at 1 July 2017.

School Type

The type of the school, for example Full Primary (Year 1-8), as at 1 July of that year. Typically based on what year levels the school offers, but also includes further information e.g. Correspondence school, Special school, Teen Parent Unit etc. See "School: Sector" for a broader grouping, and "Student: Year level group" for a student based sector grouping.

School Sector

Schools are grouped (by school type) into four sectors of schooling education, Primary, Secondary, Composite and Special. See "School: Type" for a more detailed grouping, and "Student: Year level group" for a student based sector grouping.

School Authority

The ownership of the school for example State, State-Integrated and Private as at 1 July of that year.

School Decile

The decile assigned to the school as at 1 July of that year. Schools are assigned a socio-economic score based on five census derived socio-economic factors. The 10 percent of schools with the lowest scores are considered decile 1 schools; the next 10 percent of schools are considered decile 2 schools, etc. Decile 1 schools draw the greatest proportion of their students from low socioeconomic areas.

School Gender

The gender of the students that a school caters for, for example, co-educational, boys school. A small number of single sex schools can have some students of the opposite sex on their roll. These students can only access the education they need at these 'opposite sex' schools i.e. adults or special needs students. needs students.

Affiliation Type

Whether a school has a religious or organisational affiliation, as at 1 July of that year. Only schools that requested an affiliation are included in that affiliation group, this dimension is most commonly represented for state integrated schools. See "School: Affiliation" for a more detailed grouping.

School Affiliation

The religious or organisational affiliation of schools, for example, Roman Catholic, Montessori, as at 1 July of that year. Only schools that requested an affiliation are included in that affiliation group, this dimension is most commonly represented for state integrated schools. See "School: Affiliation Type" for a broader grouping.

School Definition

Additional descriptive information about the school. For example, Kura Kaupapa Māori, school for pupils with physical disabilities, etc. as at 1 July of that year.

Kura Type

Māori immersion schools can be set up either through Section 155 (s155) or Section 156 (s156) of the Education Act 1990.

  • S156 allows for state schools with a special character that sets them apart from ordinary state schools.
  • S155 of the Act allows for state schools that use Te Reo Māori as the main language for teaching and operate in accordance with the principles of Te Aho Matua.
  • A Kura Teina is an initiative by a community which wants to become a Kura Kaupapa Māori (Kura s155). During the establishment phase the Kura Teina was "attached" to, and mentored by, an established high performing Kura Kaupapa Māori. No longer exists from 2011 onwards.
Education Region

The education region where the school is located. These ten administrative regions are created by the Ministry of Education and are aligned with the Ministry's local offices.

Regional Council

The Regional Council area where the school is located. Regional council boundaries are defined by Statistics New Zealand.

Territorial Authority

The Territorial Authority area where the school is located. Territorial authority boundaries are defined by Statistics New Zealand. Auckland super city has been subdivided into local board. For more information about Auckland city local boards see: Auckland Council website.

Ministry of Education Local Office

The Ministry of Education local office district where the school is located.

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