Data on languages spoken is used to monitor knowledge of languages other than English among different groups. It can help with:
- measuring the level of language change and the impact of government initiatives, such as Government’s Māori language revitalisation programme
- understanding the health of the Māori language
- determining what languages to provide services in
- developing policies and planning services for the deaf community.
Our current recommendations relating to languages spoken:
- We recommend that languages spoken be included with no changes in the 2018 Census.
See our preliminary view of 2018 Census content (page 25) for a more detailed discussion on languages spoken information
See 2013 Census information by variable for information on the languages spoken variable.