can't speak more than a few words of te reo
More than half of the Southland and Otago combined Māori population can speak no more than a few words of te reo, according to Stats NZ.
Te Kupenga, a 2018 survey which interviewed almost 8500 people of Māori descent, was released on Monday, and revealed that 62.1 per cent of the Māori population could speak no more than a few words or phases.
It was the lowest percentage out of all regions identified with 51.5 per cent of the Māori population nationally surveyed could not speak more than a few words.
Of those interviewed in Otago and Southland 27.5 per cent said they could speak the language but not very well, 6.9 could speak it fairly well and 3.6 per cent of those interviewed said they could speak te reo very well.
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