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Since 1996, quinquennial Censuses have included a language question designed to elicit information about how many and which languages are spoken by people who live in New Zealand. English is the main language with 96% of the population reported as being able to speak it. The two current official languages of New Zealand are Māori and New Zealand Sign Language. At present, the two languages other than English with the highest number of speakers are Māori and Samoan, these two languages being the most widely spoken in the Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family. Māori is New Zealand’s sole indigenous language, the language of the first inhabitants of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Te Reo Māori is also an endangered language and has been the subject of concerted national and tribal revitalisation efforts over the last 35 years.

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