Māori Language Act 1987

Reprint as at 1 December 2014

Māori Language Act 1987

Public Act1987 No 176
Date of assent20 July 1987
Commencementsee section 1


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by Te Puni Kōkiri.

An Act to declare the Māori language to be an official language of New Zealand, to confer the right to speak Māori in certain legal proceedings, and to establish Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and define its functions and powers

  • Title: amended, on 20 June 1991, by section 2(2) of the Maori Language Amendment Act 1991 (1991 No 40).

  • Whereas in the Treaty of Waitangi the Crown confirmed and guaranteed to the Māori people, among other things, all their taonga: And whereas the Māori language is one such taonga.