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Half a million Aucklanders born overseas

Image, 2013 census banner.  

More overseas-born people live in Auckland than in any other region in New Zealand, Statistics NZ said today. Results from the 2013 Census show that 39.1 percent of Auckland residents were born overseas, compared with just 18.2 percent of people living outside the region.

“These results provide a fascinating picture of our most culturally diverse region,” General Manager 2013 Census Gareth Meech said.

Among the 517,182 Aucklanders born overseas, the most common birthplace reported at the 2013 Census was Asia, followed by the Pacific Islands, then the United Kingdom and Ireland.

“The Auckland region accounted for two-thirds of New Zealand’s Asian and Pacific ethnic group populations, and half of its Middle Eastern, Latin American, and African ethnic group population,” said Mr Meech.

Auckland’s Asian ethnic population has seen significant growth since the last census. In 2013, 23.1 percent of people living in the Auckland region identified with one or more Asian ethnic groups, compared with 18.9 percent in 2006.

The Auckland local board areas with the highest proportions of Asian residents in 2013 were Puketapapa, at 44.2 percent, Howick, at 38.8 percent, and Whau, with 35.4 percent.

Across the Auckland region, 59.3 percent of people identified with a European ethnic group – the lowest proportion in the country. Nationwide, 74.0 percent of people identified with at least one European ethnicity.

Auckland was the only region with a decrease in the proportion of people identifying with Māori ethnicity, down slightly from 11.1 percent in 2006 to 10.7 percent in 2013.

“Auckland is also New Zealand’s most multilingual region, with nearly 30 percent of people reporting they spoke more than one language,” said Mr Meech.

Following English, which was spoken by 93.7 percent of the region’s population, the most common languages in the Auckland region were Samoan (spoken by 4.4 percent of people) then Hindi (spoken by 3.8 percent).

2013 Census QuickStats about culture and identity has more about the ethnic groups New Zealanders belong to, the countries they were born in, the languages they speak, and the religions they affiliate with. It contains data for New Zealand as a whole, as well as for regional council areas and territorial authority areas.

Number of overseas-born tops 1 million, 2013 Census shows has more information from 2013 Census QuickStats about culture and identity.


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Published 15 April 2014

Authorised by:
Liz MacPherson
Government Statistician
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