New Zealand has three official languages: English, Te Reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language. According to Census 2013, English, Te Reo Māori, Samoan and Hindi are the most widely spoken languages in New Zealand.
The information on the following pages includes data from the 2001 Census, 2006 Census and 2013 Census. Where possible the most recently published data have been used.
Languages spoken in New Zealand
People have come from all over the world to make New Zealand their home. As they do so the range of languages spoken in New Zealand is becoming more diverse. Read more about which languages are spoken in New Zealand.
Who Speaks What?
Almost everyone speaks English in New Zealand, particularly those born here. But more and more people in New Zealand also speak other languages. People born overseas are much more likely to speak an additional language. Read more about who speaks what in New Zealand.
The Office of Ethnic Affairs provides advice to Government, other public sector agencies and the public about ethnic diversity, including language issues. Here you can read a report and information produced by the Office about language issues in New Zealand.