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Upper Hutt City

Languages spoken

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

Upper Hutt 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.

Upper Hutt 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

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
Upper Hutt City20182013Change
Languages spoken - SummaryNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2013 to 2018
English only36,27082.575.532,02879.772.8+4,242
Māori only660.20.1390.10.1+27
Māori and English1,1702.72.98642.22.5+306
No language (too young to talk)9902.32.16091.51.6+381
Not stated / included------2,2805.75.6-2,280
Total population43,971100.0100.040,173100.0100.0+3,798
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
Upper Hutt City20182013Change
Languages spoken - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2013 to 2018
English42,50796.796.136,97892.091.3+5,529
Māori 1,4343.33.51,2273.13.3+207
Samoan6781.52.96871.73.1-9
Afrikaans4951.10.74021.00.5+93
Tagalog4591.00.93030.80.8+156
Hindi4261.01.22760.71.1+150
French3870.92.03780.91.9+9
German3240.71.32910.71.3+33
Dutch3210.70.63210.80.60
New Zealand Sign Language2460.60.63720.90.7-126
Northern Chinese2430.61.31140.30.8+129
Show all (59 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
Upper Hutt City20182013Change
Languages spoken - TotalsNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2013 to 2018
Not stated / included------2,2805.75.6-2,280
Total population38,496100.0100.040,173100.0100.0-1,677
Total respondents38,496100.0100.037,89394.394.4+603
Total responses51,600134.0155.446,734116.3123.8+4,866
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 Upper Hutt City in 2018 compared to Wellington Region shows that there was a larger proportion of people who spoke English only, and a similar proportion of those who spoke Māori, or Māori and English.

Overall, 82.5% spoke English only and 2.8% 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 Upper Hutt City was Māori , with 3.3% of the population, or 1,434 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of Upper Hutt City and Wellington Region in 2018 were:

  • A smaller percentage who speak Samoan at home (1.5% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who speak French at home (0.9% compared to 2.0%)

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 333 or 36.9%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 4,242 or 13.2%.

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

  • Māori (+207 responses)
  • Tagalog (+156 responses)
  • Hindi (+150 responses)
  • Northern Chinese (+129 responses)

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