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Languages spoken

In Dunedin City, Māori was the commonly spoken language after English in 2018.

Dunedin 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.

Dunedin 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.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

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

Multi-response

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Languages spoken - Summary
Dunedin City20182013Change
Languages spoken - SummaryNumber% of total populationOtago Region %Number% of total populationOtago Region %2013 to 2018
English only106,58484.485.098,03481.582.3+8,550
Māori only510.00.0480.00.0+3
Māori and English2,0941.71.41,6441.41.2+450
No language (too young to talk)2,1001.71.71,5481.31.3+552
Not stated / included3.0----6,4325.35.7-6,429
Total population126,249100.0100.0120,246100.0100.0+6,003
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
Dunedin City20182013Change
Languages spoken - multi-responseNumber% of total populationOtago Region %Number% of total populationOtago Region %2013 to 2018
English123,11797.597.5111,59192.892.4+11,526
Māori 2,5742.01.82,0581.71.5+516
French2,1241.71.62,0761.71.6+48
German1,6831.31.31,5331.31.2+150
Northern Chinese1,4491.10.98730.70.5+576
Spanish1,0410.81.28190.70.8+222
Yue8490.70.58580.70.5-9
Samoan8010.60.55550.50.3+246
Japanese7800.60.77740.60.7+6
Semitic not further defined7770.60.57500.60.4+27
New Zealand Sign Language7140.60.55520.50.4+162
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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
Dunedin City20182013Change
Languages spoken - TotalsNumber% of total populationOtago Region %Number% of total populationOtago Region %2013 to 2018
Not stated / included3.0----6,4325.35.7-6,429
Total population110,832100.0100.0120,246100.0100.0-9,414
Total respondents110,829100.0100.0113,81494.794.3-2,985
Total responses146,808132.5131.2137,244114.1112.7+9,564
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 Dunedin City in 2018 compared to Otago Region shows that there was a smaller proportion of people who spoke English only, and a similar proportion of those who spoke Māori, or Māori and English.

Overall, 84.4% spoke English only and 1.7% spoke Māori, or Māori and English, compared with 85.0% and 1.5% respectively for Otago Region.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Dunedin City was Māori , with 2.0% of the population, or 2,574 people speaking this language at home.

There were no major differences between Dunedin City and Otago Region in 2018.

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 453 or 26.8%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 8,550 or 8.7%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in Dunedin City between 2013 and 2018 were for those speaking:

  • Northern Chinese (+576 responses)
  • Māori (+516 responses)
  • Samoan (+246 responses)
  • Tagalog (+243 responses)

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