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Māori language

Te Reo
Native to New Zealand
Region Polynesia
Ethnicity Māori people
Native speakers
60,000 (2009)
150,000 conversant (2013 census)
Latin (Māori alphabet)
Māori Braille
Official status
Official language in
 New Zealand
Regulated by Māori Language Commission
Language codes
ISO 639-1 mi
ISO 639-2  (B)
ISO 639-3
Glottolog maor1246
Linguasphere 39-CAQ-a
Idioma maorí.PNG
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Māori or Maori (/ˈmaʊəri/; Māori pronunciation: Listeni[ˈmɔɾi]) is an Eastern Polynesian language spoken by the Māori people, the indigenous population of New Zealand. Since 1987, it has been one of New Zealand's official languages. It is closely related to Cook Islands Māori, Tuamotuan, and Tahitian.


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