Percent of Māori language speakers in the total population
Why is this important?
Te Reo Māori (the Māori language) is central to Māori culture and identity. The number of Te Reo Māori speakers reflects understanding of the importance of New Zealand’s cultural heritage. Celebration of our culture and heritage encourages inclusion and strong communities.
- Numbers of speakers of Te Reo in Greater Christchurch declined from 7,293 in 2001 to 6,807 in 2013. The number of speakers in Christchurch follow a similar trend, declining from 6,588 in 2001 to 5,940 in 2013.
- The number of speakers in Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts increased slightly over the same period, in Waimakariri from 558 to 624, and Selwyn from 387 to 519.
- Te Reo speakers as a proportion of the population declined from 2% in 2001 to 1.7% in 2013 in Greater Christchurch and Christchurch City. Waimakariri and Selwyn speakers of Te Reo also declined relative to their populations from 1.5% in Waimakariri and 1.4% in Selwyn in 2001 to 1.2% for both in 2013.
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The number of Te Reo speakers grew slightly in both Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts from 2001 to 2013, however it has declined slightly in Christchurch. Rapid population growth in Waimakariri and Selwyn for the same period suggests that a number of people moving into these areas speak Te Reo.
The number of speakers of Te Reo as a percentage of the total population has declined across New Zealand since 2001, and the Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri council areas reflect this trend.
This time series is irregular. Because the 2011 Census was cancelled after the Canterbury earthquake on 22 February 2011, the gap between this census and the last one is seven years. The change in the data between 2006 and 2013 may be greater than in the usual five-year gap between censuses. Be careful when comparing trends.
The census usually resident population count of an area is a count of all people who usually live in that area and were present in New Zealand on census night.
- visitors from overseas
- visitors from elsewhere in New Zealand
- residents temporarily overseas on census night
On 6 March 2006, Banks Peninsula District Council amalgamated with the Christchurch City Council. For the purpose of time series, Banks Peninsula data for 2001 and 2006 have been incorporated under Christchurch City.
Data information and downloads
Data breakdowns available
Greater Christchurch Urban Area, and Territorial Authority level - Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri District Council, Selwyn District Council
New Zealand, 2006 data
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