Summary sheet of the 2009 Māori Language Attitudes Survey

Conclusion

The results of the four Surveys of Attitudes towards the Māori Language undertaken between 2000 and 2009 show that good progress is being made towards the fifth goal of the Māori Language Strategy.

Māori attitudes towards the Māori language have remained very positive, while there have been significant gains in non-Māori attitudes towards the Māori language. This demonstrates the ongoing commitment of Māori people to their language and culture and the success of various Māori language initiatives in normalising the Māori language in New Zealand society. There is clear evidence that awareness about the importance of Māori language use in home and community settings is increasing. This will support inter- and intra-generational language transmission, which lies at the heart of language revitalisation.

There is significant goodwill towards the Māori language among both Māori and non-Māori people. This is an important component in improving the health of the Māori language, because this goodwill creates a positive environment for learning and using the Māori language. However, more work is required to secure the health of the Māori language. The ongoing challenge for Māori language advocates, educators, policy-makers and community leaders is to translate positive attitudes into tangible actions that support the learning and use of the Māori language in whānau and community settings.

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