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Languages spoken

In the Masterton District, Māori was the commonly spoken language after English in 2013.

The Masterton District's language statistics show the proportion of the population that speaks and understands a language other than English. They are indicative of how culturally diverse a population is and the degree to which different ethnic groups and nationalities are retaining their language. Language statistics also provide an indicator for the monitoring of language education programs.

The Masterton District's language data should be analysed in conjunction with Ethnicity statistics, Māori Descent, Country of Birth, and Religion statistics to assist in identifying specific cultural and ethnic groups in the area.

Derived from the Census question:

'In which language(s) could you have a conversation about a lot of everyday things?'.

Multi-response

Total population

Languages spoken - Summary
Masterton District20132006Change
Languages spoken - summaryNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
English only19,80084.872.819,32385.474.5+477
Māori only510.20.1510.20.10
Māori and English7473.22.58553.82.8-108
Other language combinations1,4136.117.31,3506.016.7+63
No language (too young to talk)2761.21.63481.51.9-72
Not stated / included1,0594.55.66993.13.9+360

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Languages spoken - Ranked by size
Masterton District20132006Change
Languages spoken - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
English21,86193.691.321,42994.792.6+432
Māori9063.93.31,0114.53.5-105
Samoan2521.13.12070.93.2+45
French2251.01.92401.12.2-15
German1440.61.31290.61.3+15
Dutch1320.60.61290.60.7+3
New Zealand Sign Language1290.60.71440.60.6-15
Spanish870.40.9780.30.7+9
Afrikaans840.40.5840.40.40
Tagalog630.30.8270.10.4+36
Japanese600.30.5990.40.5-39
Yue570.21.0570.31.10
Hindi510.21.1210.10.8+30
Gujarati420.20.7300.10.7+12
Italian330.10.3390.20.4-6
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Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Excludes languages with fewer than 6 people speaking them at home, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Languages spoken - Totals
Masterton District20132006Change
Languages spoken - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Not stated / included1,0594.55.66993.13.9+360
Total population23,346100.0100.022,626100.0100.0+720
Total respondents22,28795.594.421,92796.996.1+360
Total responses25,728110.2123.825,056110.7122.5+672

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Languages spoken, 2013
Languages spoken, 2013 Māori, Wellington Region: 3.3% Samoan, Wellington Region: 3.1% French, Wellington Region: 1.9% German, Wellington Region: 1.3% Dutch, Wellington Region: 0.6% New Zealand Sign Language, Wellington Region: 0.7% Spanish, Wellington Region: 0.9% Afrikaans, Wellington Region: 0.5% Tagalog, Wellington Region: 0.8% Japanese, Wellington Region: 0.5% Māori, Masterton District: 3.9% Samoan, Masterton District: 1.1% French, Masterton District: 1.0% German, Masterton District: 0.6% Dutch, Masterton District: 0.6% New Zealand Sign Language, Masterton District: 0.6% Spanish, Masterton District: 0.4% Afrikaans, Masterton District: 0.4% Tagalog, Masterton District: 0.3% Japanese, Masterton District: 0.3%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in languages spoken, 2006 to 2013
Change in languages spoken, 2006 to 2013 Māori, Masterton District: -105 Samoan, Masterton District: +45 French, Masterton District: -15 German, Masterton District: +15 Dutch, Masterton District: +3 New Zealand Sign Language, Masterton District: -15 Spanish, Masterton District: +9 Afrikaans, Masterton District: 0 Tagalog, Masterton District: +36 Japanese, Masterton District: -39
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the language spoken by the population of the Masterton District in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that there was a larger proportion of people who spoke English only, as well as a larger proportion of those who spoke Māori, or Māori and English.

Overall, 84.8% spoke English only and 3.4% spoke Māori, or Māori and English, compared with 72.8% and 2.6% respectively for the Wellington Region.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the Masterton District was Māori, with 3.9% of the population, or 906 people speaking this language at home.

The major difference between the languages spoken at home for the population of the Masterton District and the Wellington Region in 2013 was:

  • A smaller percentage who speak Samoan at home (1.1% compared to 3.1%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2013, the number of people who spoke Māori, or Māori and English decreased by 108 or 11.9%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 477 or 2.5%.

The largest change in the spoken languages of the population in the Masterton District between 2006 and 2013 was for those speaking:

  • Māori (-105 responses)

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