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Languages spoken

In the Wellington City, French was the commonly spoken language after English in 2013.

The Wellington 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 Wellington 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
Wellington City20132006Change
Languages spoken - summaryNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
English only132,11469.272.8126,48670.574.5+5,628
Māori only1290.10.11110.10.1+18
Māori and English2,9311.52.53,0001.72.8-69
Other language combinations42,63022.317.339,01821.716.7+3,612
No language (too young to talk)3,3361.71.63,6242.01.9-288
Not stated / included9,8195.15.67,2214.03.9+2,598

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
Wellington City20132006Change
Languages spoken - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
English
174,50791.491.3165,45992.292.6+9,048
French
5,6523.01.96,0633.42.2-411
map this data in atlas.idMāori4,5512.43.33,9392.23.5+612
map this data in atlas.idSamoan4,1792.23.13,8912.23.2+288
German
3,5521.91.33,4531.91.3+99
Yue
3,0631.61.03,1411.81.1-78
Hindi
2,9341.51.12,1181.20.8+816
Spanish
2,7391.40.92,1181.20.7+621
Northern Chinese
2,5981.40.82,0731.20.6+525
Tagalog
2,1841.10.81,0530.60.4+1,131
Gujarati
2,0401.10.72,0761.20.7-36
Semitic not further defined
1,8991.00.62,0551.10.7-156
New Zealand Sign Language
1,7190.90.79390.50.6+780
Japanese
1,4370.80.51,4460.80.5-9
Greek
1,2480.70.31,4160.80.4-168
Dutch
1,0890.60.61,1550.60.7-66
Arabic
1,0800.60.31,1190.60.3-39
Italian
1,0710.60.31,1310.60.4-60
Malaysian
1,0050.50.37590.40.2+246
Afrikaans
8940.50.57080.40.4+186
Assyrian
8340.40.29330.50.2-99
Khmer
7800.40.37470.40.3+33
Russian
7680.40.37650.40.3+3
Korean
6630.30.25670.30.2+96
Tamil
6510.30.25400.30.2+111
Sinhala
5520.30.25340.30.2+18
Vietnamese
4980.30.23750.20.1+123
Bahasa Indonesia
4920.30.23990.20.1+93
Portuguese
4200.20.12760.20.1+144
Thai
4200.20.24110.20.2+9
Tongan
3600.20.23630.20.3-3
Panjabi
3420.20.11950.10.1+147
Polish
3180.20.13660.20.2-48
Serbo-Croatian
2760.10.12880.20.1-12
Somali
2640.10.13030.20.1-39
Min
2610.10.12850.20.1-24
Fijian
2580.10.12310.10.1+27
Persian
2550.10.11410.10.0+114
Swedish
2370.10.12550.10.1-18
Telugu
2250.10.11410.10.1+84
Danish
2130.10.11800.10.1+33
Urdu
2100.10.11350.10.1+75
Romanian
1980.10.12760.20.1-78
Marathi
1920.10.11410.10.0+51
Bengali
1920.10.11710.10.0+21
Indo-Aryan not further defined
1770.10.12220.10.1-45
Cook Islands Māori
1590.10.22490.10.2-90
Hebrew
1560.10.01320.10.0+24
Irish
1350.10.0840.00.0+51
Amharic
1320.10.0990.10.0+33
Hungarian
1260.10.11440.10.1-18
Turkish
1080.10.0930.10.0+15
Niuean
930.00.11200.10.1-27
Burmese
900.00.1270.00.0+63
Bantu, not elsewhere classified
900.00.11020.10.1-12
Czech
870.00.0750.00.0+12
Fiji Hindi
870.00.0120.00.0+75
Western Malayo-Polynesian not further defined
810.00.0330.00.0+48
Romance not elsewhere classified
780.00.0930.10.0-15
Norwegian
750.00.0990.10.0-24
Pidgins and Creoles not further defined
720.00.0750.00.0-3
West Germanic not elsewhere classified
720.00.0600.00.0+12
Tokelauan
690.00.3780.00.4-9
Ukrainian
690.00.0750.00.0-6
Welsh
660.00.0780.00.0-12
Tigrinya
660.00.0360.00.0+30
Finnish
660.00.0300.00.0+36
Hakka
630.00.0630.00.00
Kannada
630.00.0330.00.0+30
Nepalese
600.00.0300.00.0+30
Swahili
570.00.0600.00.0-3
Cushitic not further defined
570.00.0510.00.0+6
Scottish Gaelic
540.00.0600.00.0-6
Slovak
480.00.0210.00.0+27
Cebuano
480.00.0240.00.0+24
Bisayan
480.00.0180.00.0+30
Bislama
450.00.0480.00.0-3
Bulgarian
450.00.0540.00.0-9
Tieu-Chow
420.00.0390.00.0+3
Ilokano
360.00.0240.00.0+12
Lao
360.00.1330.00.1+3
Kiribati
360.00.0330.00.0+3
Kurdish
330.00.0480.00.0-15
Sign Language not further defined
330.00.0450.00.0-12
Konkani
300.00.0210.00.0+9
Macedonian
270.00.0180.00.0+9
Other Niger-Congo not further defined
270.00.090.00.0+18
Wu
240.00.0270.00.0-3
Tok Pisin
240.00.0180.00.0+6
Solomon Islands Languages (Non-Central-Pacific)
240.00.0----0.0--
Latvian
240.00.0330.00.0-9
Slovene
210.00.0180.00.0+3
Catalan
210.00.0180.00.0+3
Zulu
210.00.0330.00.0-12
Esperanto
180.00.0150.00.0+3
Estonian
180.00.0150.00.0+3
Javanese
180.00.0150.00.0+3
Maltese
180.00.0180.00.00
Solomon Islands Pidgin
180.00.060.00.0+12
Tai-Kadai not further defined
180.00.0120.00.0+6
Sindhi
180.00.0120.00.0+6
Pidgin English
180.00.0270.00.0-9
Pashto
180.00.0210.00.0-3
Tibeto-Lolo-Burman not further defined
150.00.0--------
Creole
150.00.090.00.0+6
Tuvaluan
150.00.1330.00.0-18
Lithuanian
120.00.090.00.0+3
Scots
120.00.0120.00.00
Icelandic
120.00.0120.00.00
American Sign Language
120.00.0----0.0--
Yiddish
120.00.090.00.0+3
Albanian
120.00.0----0.0--
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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
Wellington City20132006Change
Languages spoken - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Not stated / included9,8195.15.67,2214.03.9+2,598
Total population190,959100.0100.0179,460100.0100.0+11,499
Total respondents181,14094.994.4172,23996.096.1+8,901
Total responses248,217130.0123.8229,557127.9122.5+18,660

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 French, Wellington Region: 1.9% Māori, Wellington Region: 3.3% Samoan, Wellington Region: 3.1% German, Wellington Region: 1.3% Yue, Wellington Region: 1.0% Hindi, Wellington Region: 1.1% Spanish, Wellington Region: 0.9% Northern Chinese, Wellington Region: 0.8% Tagalog, Wellington Region: 0.8% Gujarati, Wellington Region: 0.7% French, Wellington City: 3.0% Māori, Wellington City: 2.4% Samoan, Wellington City: 2.2% German, Wellington City: 1.9% Yue, Wellington City: 1.6% Hindi, Wellington City: 1.5% Spanish, Wellington City: 1.4% Northern Chinese, Wellington City: 1.4% Tagalog, Wellington City: 1.1% Gujarati, Wellington City: 1.1%
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 French, Wellington City: -411 Māori, Wellington City: +612 Samoan, Wellington City: +288 German, Wellington City: +99 Yue, Wellington City: -78 Hindi, Wellington City: +816 Spanish, Wellington City: +621 Northern Chinese, Wellington City: +525 Tagalog, Wellington City: +1,131 Gujarati, Wellington City: -36
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 Wellington City in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that there was a smaller proportion of people who spoke English only, as well as a smaller proportion of those who spoke Māori, or Māori and English.

Overall, 69.2% spoke English only and 1.6% 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 Wellington City was French, with 3.0% of the population, or 5,652 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A larger percentage who speak French at home (3.0% compared to 1.9%)

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 51 or 1.6%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 5,628 or 4.4%.

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

  • Tagalog (+1,131 responses)
  • Hindi (+816 responses)
  • New Zealand Sign Language (+780 responses)
  • Spanish (+621 responses)

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