Students enrolled in te reo Māori courses

Large upswing in people studying te reo Māori courses

Enrolments in te reo Māori courses were 32 percent higher in 2017 than in 2016. In 2017, 13,500 students enrolled in te reo Māori courses, compared to 10,200 in 2016.

Date Updated: December 2018

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Te reo Māori is the indigenous language of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Over 3,000 more people studying te reo in 2017 than in 2016

The number of students enrolled in te reo Māori courses increased by 32 percent from 2016 to 2017. In 2017, there were 13,500 people studying te reo courses of more than 0.2 equivalent full-time student units. This compared to 10,200 people in 2016.

Since a low point of 7,890 students in 2012, the number of students studying te reo Māori courses has increased by over 11 percent per year (on average).  Study of te reo Māori peaked in 2003, when the number of students totalled 19,500.

The latest increase in the number of students enrolled in te reo Māori courses was mainly the result of a doubling of enrolments in level 1 to 3 certificates.  Enrolments in level 4 to 6 diplomas and certificates increased by 26 percent from 2016 to 2017, while those in degree or higher qualifications decreased slightly.

Figure 1:  Number of students in te reo Māori courses of more than 0.2 equivalent full-time student units by qualification level

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