The Health of the Māori Language in Te Upoko o te Ika and Te Tau Ihu 2006

This report investigates the health of the Māori language in Te Upoko o Te Ika and Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Māui in 2006. For the purposes of this report, Te Upoko o Te Ika and Te Tau Ihu includes the districts encompassed in the Wellington Regional Council in the North Island, and the Nelson and Marlborough Regional Councils in the South Island.

This is one of eight reports on the health of the Māori language at a regional level. This report is divided into five main sections: a brief history of the Māori language in Te Upoko o Te Ika/Te Tau Ihu; Māori language knowledge and proficiency in the region; use of the Māori language within the whānau; the provision of Māori language services; and summary and conclusion.

Te Puni Kōkiri advises that users exercise caution when interpreting results from the 2006 Health of the Māori Language survey. This is due to limitations in the 2006 survey design that in particular affect comparability with the 2001 Health of the Māori Language survey.

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