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Far North District

Languages spoken

In Far North District, Māori was the commonly spoken language after English in 2018.

Far North 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.

Far North 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.

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.

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Languages spoken - Summary
Far North District20182013Change
Languages spoken - SummaryNumber% of total populationNorthland Region %Number% of total populationNorthland Region %2013 to 2018
English only49,92676.581.438,45469.075.8+11,472
Māori only4740.70.54680.80.6+6
Māori and English9,27014.28.86,57011.87.2+2,700
No language (too young to talk)1,1851.82.06481.21.2+537
Not stated / included------6,38411.59.0-6,384
Total population65,244100.0100.055,731100.0100.0+9,513
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
Far North District20182013Change
Languages spoken - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNorthland Region %Number% of total populationNorthland Region %2013 to 2018
English63,34597.197.148,08186.388.9+15,264
Māori 10,29915.89.97,44913.48.3+2,850
German7711.21.06541.20.9+117
French7141.11.06361.11.0+78
New Zealand Sign Language4020.60.52760.50.5+126
Dutch3630.60.63270.60.7+36
Spanish3270.50.52580.50.4+69
Samoan2910.40.41590.30.3+132
Afrikaans2730.40.72100.40.5+63
Hindi1650.30.3840.20.2+81
Tongan1500.20.21110.20.2+39
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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
Far North District20182013Change
Languages spoken - TotalsNumber% of total populationNorthland Region %Number% of total populationNorthland Region %2013 to 2018
Not stated / included------6,38411.59.0-6,384
Total population60,855100.0100.055,731100.0100.0+5,124
Total respondents60,855100.0100.049,34788.591.0+11,508
Total responses80,361132.1127.466,681119.6115.2+13,680
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 Far North District in 2018 compared to Northland 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, 76.5% spoke English only and 14.9% spoke Māori, or Māori and English, compared with 81.4% and 9.3% respectively for Northland Region.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Far North District was Māori , with 15.8% of the population, or 10,299 people speaking this language at home.

The major difference between the languages spoken at home for the population of Far North District and Northland Region in 2018 was:

  • A larger percentage who speak Māori at home (15.8% compared to 9.9%)

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 2,706 or 38.4%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 11,472 or 29.8%.

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

  • Māori (+2,850 responses)
  • Samoan (+132 responses)
  • New Zealand Sign Language (+126 responses)
  • German (+117 responses)

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