Language of the Day for 10 January 2021

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Maori [mri]

A language of
New Zealand
Population Full
148,000 in New Zealand (2013 census). 100,000 understand but do not speak it (1995 Maori Language Commission); 30,000–50,000 adult speakers over 15 years old (1995). Ethnic population: 599,000 (2013 census). Total users in all countries: 159,700.
Status
6b (Threatened). Statutory language of national identity (1987, Maori Language Act, No. 176, Article 3), legal domains mostly.
Language Use
Until 20th century, Maori was spoken throughout New Zealand. There is a recent reluctance of the young generation to use Maori (Wurm 2007). Some young people, all adults. All also use English [eng] (Wurm 2007).
Language Development
322 government-funded Maori language schools, including preschool. Grammar. Bible: 1858–1952.