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Languages spoken

In the Porirua City, Samoan was the commonly spoken language after English in 2013.

The Porirua 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 Porirua 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
Porirua City20132006Change
Languages spoken - summaryNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
English only34,41966.672.832,86867.774.5+1,551
Māori only1050.20.1930.20.1+12
Māori and English2,0764.02.52,1934.52.8-117
Other language combinations10,32620.017.39,41719.416.7+909
No language (too young to talk)1,0051.91.61,0592.21.9-54
Not stated / included3,7867.35.62,9136.03.9+873

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
Porirua City20132006Change
Languages spoken - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
English
45,74788.591.343,44089.592.6+2,307
map this data in atlas.idSamoan4,8819.43.14,91410.13.2-33
map this data in atlas.idMāori2,5474.93.32,6945.53.5-147
Tokelauan
8071.60.39421.90.4-135
French
5191.01.95611.22.2-42
Cook Islands Māori
4260.80.25041.00.2-78
Hindi
4200.81.12580.50.8+162
Afrikaans
4050.80.52280.50.4+177
German
3450.71.33300.71.3+15
Spanish
3060.60.91890.40.7+117
New Zealand Sign Language
2880.60.73060.60.6-18
Yue
2310.41.01500.31.1+81
Burmese
1830.40.1----0.0--
Lao
1800.30.11830.40.1-3
Tuvaluan
1800.30.11350.30.0+45
Dutch
1740.30.61620.30.7+12
Gujarati
1650.30.71560.30.7+9
Tagalog
1590.30.8630.10.4+96
Northern Chinese
1560.30.8750.20.6+81
Semitic not further defined
1530.30.61080.20.7+45
Tongan
1470.30.21350.30.3+12
Khmer
1380.30.31140.20.3+24
Japanese
1200.20.51080.20.5+12
Thai
1110.20.2840.20.2+27
Kiribati
960.20.0420.10.0+54
Niuean
870.20.1810.20.1+6
Fijian
810.20.1840.20.1-3
Italian
690.10.3750.20.4-6
Arabic
600.10.3990.20.3-39
Malaysian
600.10.3330.10.2+27
Panjabi
570.10.1150.00.1+42
Russian
540.10.3540.10.30
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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
Porirua City20132006Change
Languages spoken - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Not stated / included3,7867.35.62,9136.03.9+873
Total population51,717100.0100.048,543100.0100.0+3,174
Total respondents47,93192.794.445,63094.096.1+2,301
Total responses65,094125.9123.860,933125.5122.5+4,161

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 Samoan, Wellington Region: 3.1% Māori, Wellington Region: 3.3% Tokelauan, Wellington Region: 0.3% French, Wellington Region: 1.9% Cook Islands Māori, Wellington Region: 0.2% Hindi, Wellington Region: 1.1% Afrikaans, Wellington Region: 0.5% German, Wellington Region: 1.3% Spanish, Wellington Region: 0.9% New Zealand Sign Language, Wellington Region: 0.7% Samoan, Porirua City: 9.4% Māori, Porirua City: 4.9% Tokelauan, Porirua City: 1.6% French, Porirua City: 1.0% Cook Islands Māori, Porirua City: 0.8% Hindi, Porirua City: 0.8% Afrikaans, Porirua City: 0.8% German, Porirua City: 0.7% Spanish, Porirua City: 0.6% New Zealand Sign Language, Porirua City: 0.6%
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 Samoan, Porirua City: -33 Māori, Porirua City: -147 Tokelauan, Porirua City: -135 French, Porirua City: -42 Cook Islands Māori, Porirua City: -78 Hindi, Porirua City: +162 Afrikaans, Porirua City: +177 German, Porirua City: +15 Spanish, Porirua City: +117 New Zealand Sign Language, Porirua City: -18
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 Porirua City in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that there was a smaller proportion of people who spoke English only, and a larger proportion of those who spoke Māori, or Māori and English.

Overall, 66.6% spoke English only and 4.2% 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 Porirua City was Samoan, with 9.4% of the population, or 4,881 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of the Porirua City and the Wellington Region in 2013 were:

  • A larger percentage who speak Samoan at home (9.4% compared to 3.1%)
  • A larger percentage who speak Māori at home (4.9% compared to 3.3%)
  • A larger percentage who speak Tokelauan at home (1.6% compared to 0.3%)

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 105 or 4.6%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 1,551 or 4.7%.

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

  • Afrikaans (+177 responses)
  • Hindi (+162 responses)
  • Māori (-147 responses)
  • Tokelauan (-135 responses)

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