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1 (National). De facto national language. 3,210,000 in New Zealand (Crystal 2003).
New Zealand Sign Language
5 (Developing). Recognized language (2006, New Zealand Sign Language Act, No. 18, Article 6).
6b (Threatened). Statutory language of national identity (1987, Maori Language Act, No. 176, Article 3), legal domains mostly. 60,000 in New Zealand (2011 SIL). 100,000 understand but do not speak it (1995 Maori Language Commission); 30,000–50,000 adult speakers over 15 years old (1995). Population total all countries: 60,660. Ethnic population: 565,000 (2006 census).