by 2040, says commissioner
Reaching a million te reo Māori speakers by 2040 to ensure the survival of the language will be a struggle at the current rate of learning, Māori Language Commissioner Rawinia Higgins says.
Read this story in te reo Māori and English here. / Pānuitia tēnei i te reo Māori me te reo Pākehā ki konei.
However, the uptake of reo learners is growing as Aotearoa embraces its national identity.
Forecasting data shows there will be 260,000 people who can speak te reo Māori at a conversational level by 2040, and 100,000 people who can speak it fluently.
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