Te Wāhanga—NZCER was commissioned by Te Mātāwai to undertake an exploratory research project into rangatahi exposure to, and use of, te reo Māori. We used a kaupapa Māori mixed-methods approach. The study involved 19 rangatahi, aged between 13 and 23 years, from four regions. The study took place from January 2019 to February 2020.
The study focused on aspects of rangatahi use of, and exposure to, te reo Māori (ā-waha, ā-tuhi, ā-tinana), and their motivations for using te reo Māori. It provides valuable insights into how rangatahi are being exposed to te reo Māori and how they are using the language, and indicate ways in which rangatahi can be further supported.