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2013 Census tables about a place:
Wellington Region

2018 Census place summaries has the latest information
Cultural diversity

Ethnic groups

2013 Census

Ethnic groups of people in Wellington Region and New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Ethnic groups(1) Wellington Region New Zealand
European 345,183 2,969,391
Māori 58,338 598,602
Pacific peoples 36,102 295,944
Asian 47,235 471,708
Middle Eastern, Latin American, African 6,576 46,953
Other ethnicity    
New Zealander 7,977 65,976
Other ethnicity nec 225 1,788
Total other ethnicity 8,199 67,752
Total people stated 448,560 4,011,399
Not elsewhere included(2) 22,755 230,649
Total people 471,315 4,242,048

1. Includes all people who stated each ethnic group, whether as their only ethnic group or as one of several. Where a person reported more than one ethnic group, they have been counted in each applicable group.
2. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
nec = not elsewhere classified.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


2001–2013 Censuses

Ethnic groups of people in Wellington Region
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Ethnic groups(1) 2001 2006 2013
European 331,509 302,973 345,183
Māori 51,120 55,434 58,338
Pacific peoples 32,283 34,752 36,102
Asian 27,822 36,480 47,235
Middle Eastern, Latin American, African(2) 3,684 5,346 6,576
Other ethnicity(3)      
New Zealander .. 47,196 7,977
Other ethnicity nec 105 159 225
Total other ethnicity 105 47,352 8,199
Total people stated 409,881 434,031 448,560
Not elsewhere included(4) 13,884 14,925 22,755
Total people 423,765 448,956 471,315

1. Includes all people who stated each ethnic group, whether as their only ethnic group or as one of several. Where a person reported more than one ethnic group, they have been counted in each applicable group.
2. Middle Eastern, Latin American, and African was introduced as a new category for the 2006 Census. Previously, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and African responses were allocated to the 'other ethnicity' category.
3. Consists of responses for a number of small ethnic groups and for New Zealander. New Zealander was included as a new category for the 2006 Census.  In 2001, New Zealander was counted in the European category.
4. In 2001, consisted of Black, other not further defined, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated. In 2006 and 2013, consisted of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
nec = not elsewhere classified.
Symbol: .. figure not available
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Birthplace

2013 Census

Birthplace of people in Wellington Region and New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Birthplace Wellington Region New Zealand
New Zealand 332,877 2,980,827
Australia(1) 6,915 62,715
Pacific Islands(2) 14,961 151,530
UK and Ireland 36,027 265,203
Europe (excluding UK and Ireland) 9,720 71,430
North America 4,818 31,263
Asia 29,895 316,470
Middle East and Africa 9,177 90,285
Other 1,515 12,891
Total people stated 445,908 3,982,611
Not elsewhere included(3) 25,407 259,434
Total people 471,315 4,242,048

1. Includes Australian external territories.
2. Consists of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
3. Consists of inadequately described and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Birthplace of Māori in Wellington Region and New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Birthplace Wellington Region New Zealand
New Zealand 56,628 579,639
Overseas 1,035 10,713
Total people stated 57,663 590,352
Not elsewhere included(1) 672 8,250
Total people 58,338 598,605

1. Consists of inadequately described and not stated.
Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


2001–2013 Censuses

Birthplace of people in Wellington Region
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Birthplace 2001 2006 2013
New Zealand 323,658 331,743 332,877
Australia(1) 6,081 6,915 6,915
Pacific Islands(2) 14,640 15,267 14,961
UK and Ireland 31,491 33,894 36,027
Europe (excluding UK and Ireland) 8,712 9,324 9,720
North America 2,943 3,762 4,818
Asia 16,803 22,896 29,895
Middle East and Africa 5,238 7,677 9,177
Other 618 834 1,515
Total people stated 410,184 432,309 445,908
Not elsewhere included(3) 13,581 16,647 25,407
Total people 423,765 448,956 471,315

1. Includes Australian external territories.
2. Consists of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
3. Consists of inadequately described and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Birthplace of Māori in Wellington Region
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Birthplace 2001 2006 2013
New Zealand 49,935 53,814 56,628
Overseas 663 840 1,035
Total people stated 50,595 54,651 57,663
Not elsewhere included(1) 525 783 672
Total people 51,123 55,434 58,338

1. Consists of inadequately described and not stated.
Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Languages spoken

2013 Census

Languages spoken by people in Wellington Region and New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Languages spoken(1) Wellington Region New Zealand
English 430,107 3,819,972
Māori 15,618 148,395
Samoan 14,691 86,403
NZ Sign Language 3,504 20,235
Other 66,285 590,154
None(2) 8,577 67,509
Total people stated 445,155 3,973,359
Not elsewhere included(3) 28,638 277,614
Total people 471,315 4,242,048

1. Includes all people who stated each language spoken, whether as their only language or as one of several languages. Where a person reported more than one language spoken, they were counted in each applicable group.   
2. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language.     
3. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Languages spoken by Māori in Wellington Region and New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Languages spoken(1) Wellington Region New Zealand
English 55,527 567,081
Māori 11,838 125,352
Samoan 669 3,753
NZ Sign Language 639 4,614
Other 1,152 9,000
None(2) 1,506 13,158
Total people stated 57,522 588,267
Not elsewhere included(3) 1,068 11,532
Total people 58,338 598,602

1. Includes all people who stated each language spoken, whether as their only language or as one of several languages. Where a person reported more than one language spoken, they were counted in each applicable group.   
2. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language.     
3. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


2001–2013 Censuses

Languages spoken by people in Wellington Region
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Languages spoken(1) 2001 2006 2013
English 392,481 415,851 430,107
Māori 16,173 15,699 15,618
Samoan 14,643 14,514 14,691
NZ Sign Language 2,757 2,565 3,504
Other 50,025 59,700 66,285
None(2) 9,255 8,706 8,577
Total people stated 407,916 431,541 445,155
Not elsewhere included(3) 16,848 18,123 28,638
Total people 423,765 448,956 471,315

1. Includes all people who stated each language spoken, whether as their only language or as one of several languages. Where a person reported more than one language spoken, they were counted in each applicable group.   
2. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language.     
3. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Languages spoken by Māori in Wellington Region
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Languages spoken(1) 2001 2006 2013
English 48,129 52,434 55,527
Māori 12,420 12,552 11,838
Samoan 582 558 669
NZ Sign Language 573 471 639
Other 1,089 1,143 1,152
None(2) 1,857 1,569 1,506
Total people stated 50,517 54,600 57,522
Not elsewhere included(3) 732 924 1,068
Total people 51,120 55,437 58,338

1. Includes all people who stated each language spoken, whether as their only language or as one of several languages. Where a person reported more than one language spoken, they were counted in each applicable group.   
2. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language.     
3. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Number of languages spoken

2013 Census

Number of languages spoken by people in Wellington Region and New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Number of languages spoken Wellington Region New Zealand
None(1) 7,746 65,853
One 349,971 3,169,596
Two 71,667 621,030
Three 11,346 91,458
Four 3,477 19,434
Five 738 4,611
Six 210 1,380
Total people stated 445,155 3,973,359
Not elsewhere included(2) 26,160 268,692
Total people 471,315 4,242,048

1. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language. 
2. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Number of languages spoken by Māori in Wellington Region and New Zealand
2013 Census
 
Number of languages spoken Wellington Region New Zealand
None(1) 1,377 12,828
One 43,839 450,054
Two 11,127 117,108
Three 804 6,459
Four 306 1,341
Five 57 312
Six 15 165
Total people stated 57,522 588,267
Not elsewhere included(2) 813 10,335
Total people 58,338 598,602

1. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language. 
2. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


2001–2013 Censuses

Number of languages spoken by people in Wellington Region
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Number of languages spoken 2001 2006 2013
None(1) 9,162 8,658 7,746
One 325,743 341,046 349,971
Two 59,451 67,584 71,667
Three 10,368 10,932 11,346
Four 2,805 2,433 3,477
Five 285 672 738
Six 96 213 210
Total people stated 407,916 431,541 445,155
Not elsewhere included(2) 15,849 17,415 26,160
Total people 423,765 448,956 471,315

1. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language. 
2. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: All figures are for the census usually resident population count.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Number of languages spoken by Māori in Wellington Region
2001–2013 Censuses
 
Number of languages spoken 2001 2006 2013
None(1) 1,839 1,551 1,377
One 35,832 40,077 43,839
Two 11,682 11,901 11,127
Three 879 843 804
Four 195 162 306
Five 66 39 57
Six 24 24 15
Total people stated 50,517 54,603 57,522
Not elsewhere included(2) 603 834 813
Total people 51,123 55,437 58,338

1. Consists of people who were too young to talk or unable to speak a language. 
2. Consists of don't know, refused to answer, response unidentifiable, response outside scope, and not stated.
Note: The Māori population is the Māori ethnic group census usually resident population count. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their only ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Note: This time series is irregular. Because the 2011 Census was cancelled after the Canterbury earthquake on 22 February 2011, the gap between this census and the last one is seven years. The change in the data between 2006 and 2013 may be greater than in the usual five-year gap between censuses. Be careful when comparing trends.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables, and graphs.

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