Talk:Languages of New Zealand

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English as an Official/National Language[edit]

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).