Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Nga Wahi o Te Reo Māori

In the spirit of Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori, here's a map of Wellington that shows the proportion of Māori who speak Te Reo.

Grey areas show area units where the proportion is close to the national average (24%), red areas have higher than average rates, and blue lower than average (white areas have a Māori population below 50, so proportions could be unreliable).

Perhaps not surprisingly, Māori in more affluent suburbs are less likely to speak Te Reo, with some (such as Roseneath) well under 10%, and this also seems to apply to new suburbs such as Crofton Downs and Newlands. Traditionally working class suburbs (perhaps those with a larger, more settled Māori community?) such as Newtown, Porirua and Petone show greater rates of Te Reo. Interestingly, so does Te Aro: perhaps there are a lot of Māori-speaking students and public servants there?


At 11:27 am, August 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you watch 20/20 last night. it dealt with the gender imbalance in the 22-40 age-group. Asked the "big" questions like where are the men of NZ? and how do "lovely single girls" like those seen last night, find a good kiwi man?
I hope no one from another country was watching because if those were examples of genuine kiwi guys and gals, then no wonder they're all single and the good ones are leaving.


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