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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
Thai
4200.20.24110.20.2+9
Portuguese
4200.20.12760.20.1+144
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
Bengali
1920.10.11710.10.0+21
Marathi
1920.10.11410.10.0+51
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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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