Talk:Languages of New Zealand
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English as an Official/National Language
The definition provided for an official language excludes the assignment of 'de facto' and 'de jure' labels. As provided under the section 21 of the 1867 Native Schools Act 1867, I believe English has been an official language in that "no school [was to] recieve any grant unless it [was] shown ... that the English language and the ordinary subjects of primary English education [were] taught". However, I am unable to find legal recognition beyond this point.
I propose an alternative that would read: the 'most widely spoken national language is English'. This acknowledges the importance of English whilst still providing a NPOV.--Te Karere —Preceding undated comment added 00:16, 15 November 2011 (UTC).