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Language

Statistics about languages spoken in New Zealand provide information on our official languages (English, Māori, and NZ Sign Language), the number of people who speak more than one language, the most commonly spoken languages, and a range of other languages spoken. In 2013, the most commonly spoken languages after English were Māori, Samoan, Hindi, Northern Chinese, French, and Yue (Cantonese).

Information releases

Explore our English language statistics.

Survey of English Language Providers (discontinued)
This annual release collected information on the expenditure of international students enrolled at English language schools, including expenditure on tuition and related expenses, and on accommodation. Data is available from March 1999 to March 2010. 

Data

Analyse the numbers.

2013 Census totals by topic – Language-spoken tables (published 2013)
Find data from the 2013 Census on languages spoken in New Zealand. See table 17 of the Excel file.

2013 Census QuickStats about Māori – Language tables (published 2013)
Find data on languages spoken by Māori, by a range of different indicators. See tables 8–16 of the Excel file.

2013 Census regional summary tables – part 1: Language spoken (published 2013)
Compare data from the 2013 and 2006 Censuses on languages spoken, by regional council area and territorial authority area. See table 4 in the two part 1 Excel files.

New Zealand social indicators – culture and identity (published 2013)
Find statistics from across government about Māori language in education and Māori language speakers.

2006 Census language tables
Create and customise tables about languages spoken in New Zealand using 2006 Census data. These tables are available in NZ.Stat.

Find out more about NZ.Stat 

Reports and articles

Explore information we’ve gathered from research and analysis.

Ka nui te tūpono ka whakauru ngā mātua i ā rātou tamariki ki te mātauranga kaupapa Māori – 2013: E tipu e rea [kia puāwai] (I whakaputaina i te Mahuru 2017)
Ka ārohi a E tipu e rea [kia puāwai] i ngā āhuatanga o ngā mātua Māori ko te tikanga ka tono i ā rātou tamariki ki ngā kura kaupapa Māori kuraina ai.

Parents more likely to enrol children in kaupapa Māori education – 2013: E tipu e rea [kia puawai] (published September 2017)
Report examines the characteristics of Māori parents who were more likely to send their children to kaupapa Māori education.

 Ka mārō te aho tapu, ka tau te korowai: Ko ngā kitenga reo Māori mai i Te Kupenga 2013 (I whakaputaina i 2014)
E hōpara ana a tēnei rīpoata i ngā āhuatanga e pā ana ki te matataunga o te reo Māori me tōna whakamahinga i roto, i waho hoki o te kāinga i Aotearoa.

Ka mārō te aho tapu, ka tau te korowai: Te reo Māori findings from Te Kupenga 2013 (published 2014)
This report explores Māori language proficiency and usage inside and outside the home in New Zealand.

Measuring te reo Māori speakers: A guide to different data sources (published 2014)
Information about the different data sources available on te reo Māori speakers, and how to choose the best one for your needs.

2013 Census QuickStats about Māori – Māori language (published 2013)
Information from the 2013 Census about the proportion of Māori able to hold an everyday conversation in te reo Māori.

Speakers of te reo Māori (published 2011)
Information about the proportion of Māori able to hold an everyday conversation in te reo Māori. It compares figures from the 1996, 2001, and 2006 Censuses.

QuickStats about culture and identity: Languages spoken (published 2007)
Data from the 2006 Census about languages spoken in New Zealand.

Concerning language (published 2004)
Report investigating language retention for selected ethnic groups in New Zealand, using data from the 2001 Census. The report examines the relationship between language retention and selected variables.

Page updated 14 September 2017

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