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Wairoa District

Languages spoken

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

The Wairoa 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 Wairoa 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
Wairoa District20132006Change
Languages spoken - summaryNumber% of total populationHawke's Bay Region %Number% of total populationHawke's Bay Region %2006 to 2013
English only5,58970.879.16,00370.880.9-414
Māori only991.30.41051.20.4-6
Māori and English1,31116.65.21,39516.45.6-84
Other language combinations2703.47.42492.96.7+21
No language (too young to talk)901.11.31321.61.7-42
Not stated / included5316.76.55977.04.7-66

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
Wairoa District20132006Change
Languages spoken - multi-responseNumber% of total populationHawke's Bay Region %Number% of total populationHawke's Bay Region %2006 to 2013
English7,14690.691.07,63890.192.5-492
Māori1,47318.76.21,57518.66.6-102
New Zealand Sign Language630.80.6540.60.6+9
German330.40.7270.30.7+6
French300.40.9360.41.0-6
Hindi240.30.3120.10.2+12
Dutch180.20.5210.20.6-3
Samoan180.21.3210.21.1-3
Japanese150.20.290.10.3+6
Spanish120.20.4150.20.4-3
Tagalog90.10.290.10.10
Semitic not further defined90.10.290.10.10
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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
Wairoa District20132006Change
Languages spoken - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationHawke's Bay Region %Number% of total populationHawke's Bay Region %2006 to 2013
Not stated / included5316.76.55977.04.7-66
Total population7,890100.0100.08,481100.0100.0-591
Total respondents7,35993.393.57,88493.095.3-525
Total responses9,498120.4114.210,197120.2113.6-699

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, Hawke's Bay Region: 6.2% New Zealand Sign Language, Hawke's Bay Region: 0.6% German, Hawke's Bay Region: 0.7% French, Hawke's Bay Region: 0.9% Hindi, Hawke's Bay Region: 0.3% Samoan, Hawke's Bay Region: 1.3% Dutch, Hawke's Bay Region: 0.5% Japanese, Hawke's Bay Region: 0.2% Spanish, Hawke's Bay Region: 0.4% Tagalog, Hawke's Bay Region: 0.2% Māori, Wairoa District: 18.7% New Zealand Sign Language, Wairoa District: 0.8% German, Wairoa District: 0.4% French, Wairoa District: 0.4% Hindi, Wairoa District: 0.3% Samoan, Wairoa District: 0.2% Dutch, Wairoa District: 0.2% Japanese, Wairoa District: 0.2% Spanish, Wairoa District: 0.2% Tagalog, Wairoa District: 0.1%
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, Wairoa District: -102 New Zealand Sign Language, Wairoa District: +9 German, Wairoa District: +6 French, Wairoa District: -6 Hindi, Wairoa District: +12 Samoan, Wairoa District: -3 Dutch, Wairoa District: -3 Japanese, Wairoa District: +6 Spanish, Wairoa District: -3 Tagalog, Wairoa 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 Wairoa District in 2013 compared to the Hawke's Bay 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, 70.8% spoke English only and 17.9% spoke Māori, or Māori and English, compared with 79.1% and 5.7% respectively for the Hawke's Bay Region.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the Wairoa District was Māori, with 18.7% of the population, or 1,473 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of the Wairoa District and the Hawke's Bay Region in 2013 were:

  • A larger percentage who speak Māori at home (18.7% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who speak Samoan at home (0.2% compared to 1.3%)

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 90 or 6.0%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 414 or 6.9%.

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

  • Māori (-102 responses)

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