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Ashburton District Council

Languages spoken

In Ashburton District Council, Tagalog was the commonly spoken language after English in 2018.

Ashburton District Council'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.

Ashburton District Council'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.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

'In which language(s) could you have a conversation about a lot of everyday things?'.

Multi-response

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Languages spoken - Summary
Ashburton District Council20182013Change
Languages spoken - SummaryNumber% of total populationNew Zealand %Number% of total populationNew Zealand %2013 to 2018
English only28,82186.275.426,11584.172.8+2,706
Māori only150.00.2240.10.2-9
Māori and English3931.23.43331.12.9+60
No language (too young to talk)7592.32.24651.51.6+294
Not stated / included3.0----1,5845.16.3-1,581
Total population33,426100.0100.031,041100.0100.0+2,385
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: High
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Please note that in the 2018 Census, where data are not provided, responses are sourced from administrative datasets, in line with the procedures developed by Statistics New Zealand to supplement the 2018 dataset. Due to this, there is no "Not Stated / included" category in 2018, and users should use caution when comparing to earlier Census years.

Languages spoken - Ranked by size
Ashburton District Council20182013Change
Languages spoken - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNew Zealand %Number% of total populationNew Zealand %2013 to 2018
English32,37996.995.428,78292.790.1+3,597
Tagalog6481.90.93901.30.7+258
Māori 4831.44.04591.53.5+24
Samoan4441.32.22700.92.0+174
Spanish2880.90.82040.70.6+84
Afrikaans2280.70.81890.60.6+39
German1860.60.91680.50.9+18
French1680.51.21620.51.2+6
Tongan1680.50.8990.30.8+69
New Zealand Sign Language1530.50.51650.50.5-12
Hindi1320.41.51230.41.6+9
Show all (44 entries)
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: High
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Excludes languages with fewer than 12 people speaking them at home.

Languages spoken - Totals
Ashburton District Council20182013Change
Languages spoken - TotalsNumber% of total populationNew Zealand %Number% of total populationNew Zealand %2013 to 2018
Not stated / included3.0----1,5845.16.3-1,581
Total population29,991100.0100.031,041100.0100.0-1,050
Total respondents29,988100.0100.029,45794.993.7+531
Total responses37,587125.3152.934,239110.3121.2+3,348
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: High
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Please note that in the 2018 Census, where data are not provided, responses are sourced from administrative datasets, in line with the procedures developed by Statistics New Zealand to supplement the 2018 dataset. Due to this, there is no "Not Stated / included" category in 2018, and users should use caution when comparing to earlier Census years.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the language spoken by the population of Ashburton District Council in 2018 compared to New Zealand shows that there was a larger proportion of people who spoke English only, and a smaller proportion of those who spoke Māori, or Māori and English.

Overall, 86.2% spoke English only and 1.2% spoke Māori, or Māori and English, compared with 75.4% and 3.6% respectively for New Zealand.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Ashburton District Council was Tagalog, with 1.9% of the population, or 648 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of Ashburton District Council and New Zealand in 2018 were:

  • A smaller percentage who speak Māori at home (1.4% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who speak Northern Chinese at home (0.3% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who speak Hindi at home (0.4% compared to 1.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who speak Semitic not further defined at home (0.1% compared to 1.1%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population.

Emerging groups

Between 2013 and 2018, the number of people who spoke Māori, or Māori and English increased by 51 or 14.3%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 2,706 or 10.4%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in Ashburton District Council between 2013 and 2018 were for those speaking:

  • Tagalog (+258 responses)
  • Samoan (+174 responses)
  • Spanish (+84 responses)
  • Fiji Hindi (+72 responses)

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