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Languages spoken

In the Napier City, Māori was the commonly spoken language after English in 2013.

The Napier City'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 Napier City'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
Napier City20132006Change
Languages spoken - summaryNumber% of total populationNew Zealand %Number% of total populationNew Zealand %2006 to 2013
English only46,63281.572.846,31183.774.7+321
Māori only1710.30.21590.30.2+12
Māori and English2,1723.82.92,2024.03.3-30
Other language combinations4,1587.316.23,7446.815.1+414
No language (too young to talk)7561.31.69301.71.9-174
Not stated / included3,3545.96.32,0103.64.9+1,344

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
Napier City20132006Change
Languages spoken - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNew Zealand %Number% of total populationNew Zealand %2006 to 2013
English52,56691.890.151,86193.791.2+705
Māori2,5684.53.52,6104.73.9-42
Samoan6601.22.05941.12.1+66
French5611.01.25641.01.3-3
German4320.80.93870.70.9+45
New Zealand Sign Language3420.60.53750.70.6-33
Yue2940.51.12790.51.1+15
Dutch2730.50.62700.50.7+3
Afrikaans2580.50.61980.40.5+60
Spanish2370.40.61920.30.5+45
Japanese2040.40.52100.40.5-6
Northern Chinese1560.31.2990.21.0+57
Semitic not further defined1320.21.01170.21.0+15
Hindi1290.21.6600.11.1+69
Thai1020.20.2750.10.2+27
Italian930.20.2990.20.2-6
Russian840.10.2720.10.2+12
Arabic750.10.3600.10.2+15
Tagalog750.10.7420.10.3+33
Panjabi720.10.5420.10.3+30
Korean630.10.6570.10.7+6
Portuguese450.10.1270.00.1+18
Swedish450.10.1210.00.1+24
Malaysian390.10.3210.00.2+18
Lao360.10.0420.10.0-6
Bahasa Indonesia360.10.1300.10.1+6
Cook Islands Māori330.10.2330.10.20
Fijian270.00.1180.00.1+9
Polish270.00.1210.00.1+6
Serbo-Croatian240.00.1150.00.2+9
Khmer240.00.290.00.1+15
Greek240.00.1420.10.1-18
Vietnamese240.00.1270.00.1-3
West Germanic not elsewhere classified210.00.090.00.0+12
Czech210.00.0210.00.00
Danish210.00.1180.00.1+3
Irish180.00.0120.00.0+6
Min180.00.1150.00.1+3
Norwegian180.00.0240.00.0-6
Welsh180.00.0180.00.00
Turkish180.00.090.00.0+9
Sinhala150.00.1120.00.1+3
Urdu120.00.1180.00.1-6
Tamil120.00.290.00.1+3
Persian120.00.1120.00.10
Sign Language not further defined120.00.090.00.0+3
Scottish Gaelic120.00.0150.00.0-3
Gujarati120.00.4210.00.4-9
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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
Napier City20132006Change
Languages spoken - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNew Zealand %Number% of total populationNew Zealand %2006 to 2013
Not stated / included3,3545.96.32,0103.64.9+1,344
Total population57,243100.0100.055,356100.0100.0+1,887
Total respondents53,88994.193.753,34696.495.1+543
Total responses64,353112.4121.261,932111.9120.4+2,421

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, New Zealand: 3.5% Samoan, New Zealand: 2.0% French, New Zealand: 1.2% German, New Zealand: 0.9% New Zealand Sign Language, New Zealand: 0.5% Yue, New Zealand: 1.1% Dutch, New Zealand: 0.6% Afrikaans, New Zealand: 0.6% Spanish, New Zealand: 0.6% Japanese, New Zealand: 0.5% Māori, Napier City: 4.5% Samoan, Napier City: 1.2% French, Napier City: 1.0% German, Napier City: 0.8% New Zealand Sign Language, Napier City: 0.6% Yue, Napier City: 0.5% Dutch, Napier City: 0.5% Afrikaans, Napier City: 0.5% Spanish, Napier City: 0.4% Japanese, Napier City: 0.4%
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, Napier City: -42 Samoan, Napier City: +66 French, Napier City: -3 German, Napier City: +45 New Zealand Sign Language, Napier City: -33 Yue, Napier City: +15 Dutch, Napier City: +3 Afrikaans, Napier City: +60 Spanish, Napier City: +45 Japanese, Napier City: -6
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 Napier City in 2013 compared to the New Zealand 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, 81.5% spoke English only and 4.1% spoke Māori, or Māori and English, compared with 72.8% and 3.1% respectively for the New Zealand.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the Napier City was Māori, with 4.5% of the population, or 2,568 people speaking this language at home.

The major difference between the languages spoken at home for the population of the Napier City and the New Zealand in 2013 was:

  • A smaller percentage who speak Hindi at home (0.2% compared to 1.6%)

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 18 or 0.8%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 321 or 0.7%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in the Napier City between 2006 and 2013 were for those speaking:

  • Hindi (+69 responses)
  • Samoan (+66 responses)
  • Afrikaans (+60 responses)
  • Northern Chinese (+57 responses)

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