Maori is one of the official languages of New Zealand alongside English and New Zealand Sign Language.
It is spoken by 4% of the population as a native language but a quarter of the population can hold an everyday conversation in Maori.
In New Zealand, the language is often referred to as “Te Reo” meaning “the language”. The preferred spelling of the language in New Zealand is Māori.
Maori is a member of Malayo-Polynesian language group. Other languages in this language group include Tagalog and Malagasy.