The Health of the Māori Language in the South Island 2006

This report investigates the health of the Māori language in Te Waipounamu in 2006. For the purposes of this report, Te Waipounamu is defined as Southland, Otago, West Coast, Canterbury and the Chathams. 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 Waipounamu; 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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