The ability of people to develop their Māori language skills depends in part on opportunities to access te reo. The HML 2006 Survey gathered information on Māori radio and television, which shows that access rates and listening rates are high. Nearly all Māori adults in Waiariki have access to Māori radio and television.
Fourteen percent of Māori adults are learning te reo to some degree. This is a high percentage, and reflects the positive disposition Māori have towards the language.
There are around 1,800 Māori children attending te reo based early childhood services in Waiariki.
Schools in the region provide for around 5,700 Māori children learning in te reo to some degree. This is 28% of the Māori student population in Waiariki.