La machine de questions a présenté une autre question:
How many languages does one person speak on average in New Zealand?
This is a really cool question. It’s good to be questioned on things outside of my regular geek canon. The quick answer is one.
Eighty percent of New Zealanders speak English and only English. This is largely because we don’t border on any other foreign language countries, and there is very little reason for New Zealanders to know another language to undertake trade or enjoy entertainment.
Maori and New Zealand Sign Language are also official languages of New Zealand, but the numbers fluent in those languages are low (4% for Maori and only 25,000-ish people for NZSL).
If you don’t require fluency in a language to be a criteria, I’d suggest that most (if not all) New Zealanders regularly speak at least some Maori. All kids are taught the basics in Maori, such as counting, colours, and Maori names for animals and plants. It’s not at all uncommon to drop Maori phrases into everyday conversation, and most Kiwis would know what you mean when you say “Kia ora bro, everything is ka pai, let’s go get some kai!”
Living in Auckland also makes things fairly interesting. The main language is still English, but due to the large immigrant population, something like 30% of the Auckland population are fluent in another language. I regularly have lunch in downtown Auckland, and it would be unusual for me not to have someone speaking a different language within earshot. I love it.