Te reo Māori i ngā Kōti o Aotearoa | Use of te reo in court

Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori 2016/the Māori Language Act 2016 provides that te reo Māori is an official language of New Zealand, and that parties to legal proceedings are entitled to speak Māori (regardless of whether they are able to speak English, or any other language) in court. Court rules govern the use of te reo Māori in the courtroom.  An explanation of those rules is found on the New Zealand Law Society’s site.

Law Society summary of procedural rules about the use of te reo

High Court - Announcements in Māori (PDF, 77.4 KB)