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).
Far north, North Island, east coast. Also in United States.
6b (Threatened). Statutory language of national identity (1987, Maori Language Act, No. 176, Article 3), legal domains mostly.
Until 20th century, Maori was spoken throughout New Zealand. There is a recent reluctance of the young generation to use Maori (2007). Mainly adult speakers. All are bilingual in English [eng] (Wurm 2007).
Moriori dialect in Chatham Islands has no remaining speakers. Christian.