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South Wairarapa District

Languages spoken

In South Wairarapa District, Māori was the commonly spoken language after English in 2018.

South Wairarapa 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.

South Wairarapa 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
South Wairarapa District20182013Change
Languages spoken - SummaryNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2013 to 2018
English only9,36988.675.58,07684.872.8+1,293
Māori only120.10.160.10.1+6
Māori and English1981.92.91771.92.5+21
No language (too young to talk)1681.62.11351.41.6+33
Not stated / included------4534.85.6-453
Total population10,578100.0100.09,528100.0100.0+1,050
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
South Wairarapa District20182013Change
Languages spoken - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2013 to 2018
English10,36898.096.18,91093.591.3+1,458
Māori 2402.33.52132.23.3+27
French2342.22.01711.81.9+63
German1351.31.31021.11.3+33
Dutch1141.10.61081.10.6+6
Spanish690.71.2630.70.9+6
New Zealand Sign Language480.50.6630.70.7-15
Afrikaans450.40.7270.30.5+18
Japanese360.30.6210.20.5+15
Samoan330.32.9240.33.1+9
Italian330.30.4210.20.3+12
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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
South Wairarapa District20182013Change
Languages spoken - TotalsNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2013 to 2018
Not stated / included------4534.85.6-453
Total population9,747100.0100.09,528100.0100.0+219
Total respondents9,747100.0100.09,07595.294.4+672
Total responses11,850121.6155.410,488110.1123.8+1,362
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 South Wairarapa District in 2018 compared to Wellington Region 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, 88.6% spoke English only and 2.0% spoke Māori, or Māori and English, compared with 75.5% and 3.0% respectively for Wellington Region.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in South Wairarapa District was Māori , with 2.3% of the population, or 240 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of South Wairarapa District and Wellington Region in 2018 were:

  • A smaller percentage who speak Samoan at home (0.3% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who speak Māori at home (2.3% compared to 3.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who speak Hindi at home (0.2% compared to 1.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who speak Northern Chinese at home (0.3% compared to 1.3%)

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 27 or 14.8%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 1,293 or 16.0%.

The largest change in the spoken languages of the population in South Wairarapa District between 2013 and 2018 was for those speaking:

  • French (+63 responses)

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