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Ruapehu District

Languages spoken

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

The Ruapehu 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 Ruapehu 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
Ruapehu District20132006Change
Languages spoken - summaryNumber% of total populationManawatu-Wanganui Region %Number% of total populationManawatu-Wanganui Region %2006 to 2013
English only9,24078.080.510,32976.182.0-1,089
Māori only1020.90.2900.70.3+12
Māori and English1,0629.04.01,2489.24.5-186
Other language combinations5734.88.05794.37.4-6
No language (too young to talk)1471.21.42401.81.7-93
Not stated / included7206.15.91,0868.04.1-366

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
Ruapehu District20132006Change
Languages spoken - multi-responseNumber% of total populationManawatu-Wanganui Region %Number% of total populationManawatu-Wanganui Region %2006 to 2013
English10,83991.591.712,12089.393.3-1,281
Māori1,24810.54.71,41610.45.3-168
Afrikaans660.60.4450.30.3+21
French660.60.81020.81.0-36
New Zealand Sign Language630.50.7660.50.8-3
German570.50.6720.50.6-15
Dutch420.40.4570.40.5-15
Hindi360.30.4120.10.3+24
Samoan360.30.8360.30.70
Spanish300.30.4330.20.4-3
Yue210.20.5210.20.60
Tagalog180.20.3120.10.1+6
Thai180.20.1----0.1--
Japanese180.20.3390.30.4-21
Gujarati180.20.1120.10.1+6
Northern Chinese150.10.4120.10.3+3
Panjabi120.10.1120.10.10
Tongan120.10.3210.20.2-9
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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
Ruapehu District20132006Change
Languages spoken - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationManawatu-Wanganui Region %Number% of total populationManawatu-Wanganui Region %2006 to 2013
Not stated / included7206.15.91,0868.04.1-366
Total population11,844100.0100.013,572100.0100.0-1,728
Total respondents11,12493.994.112,48692.095.9-1,362
Total responses13,575114.6113.415,510114.3113.7-1,935

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, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 4.7% French, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 0.8% Afrikaans, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 0.4% New Zealand Sign Language, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 0.7% German, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 0.6% Dutch, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 0.4% Samoan, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 0.8% Hindi, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 0.4% Spanish, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 0.4% Yue, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 0.5% Māori, Ruapehu District: 10.5% French, Ruapehu District: 0.6% Afrikaans, Ruapehu District: 0.6% New Zealand Sign Language, Ruapehu District: 0.5% German, Ruapehu District: 0.5% Dutch, Ruapehu District: 0.4% Samoan, Ruapehu District: 0.3% Hindi, Ruapehu District: 0.3% Spanish, Ruapehu District: 0.3% Yue, Ruapehu District: 0.2%
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, Ruapehu District: -168 French, Ruapehu District: -36 Afrikaans, Ruapehu District: +21 New Zealand Sign Language, Ruapehu District: -3 German, Ruapehu District: -15 Dutch, Ruapehu District: -15 Samoan, Ruapehu District: 0 Hindi, Ruapehu District: +24 Spanish, Ruapehu District: -3 Yue, Ruapehu District: 0
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 Ruapehu District in 2013 compared to the Manawatu-Wanganui 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, 78.0% spoke English only and 9.8% spoke Māori, or Māori and English, compared with 80.5% and 4.3% respectively for the Manawatu-Wanganui Region.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the Ruapehu District was Māori, with 10.5% of the population, or 1,248 people speaking this language at home.

The major difference between the languages spoken at home for the population of the Ruapehu District and the Manawatu-Wanganui Region in 2013 was:

  • A larger percentage who speak Māori at home (10.5% compared to 4.7%)

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 174 or 13.0%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 1,089 or 10.5%.

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

  • Māori (-168 responses)

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