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Hawke’s Bay more diverse in 2013

Hawke’s Bay more diverse in 2013

3 December 2013

Hawke's Bay now has more Māori, Pacific, and Asian people, and more people born overseas than it did seven years ago, mirroring the national trend of an increasingly diverse population.

The information was released today as part of the latest batch of 2013 Census results from Statistics New Zealand.

Government Statistician Liz MacPherson said the New Zealand population is growing more ethnically diverse. In the Hawke's Bay, 24.3 percent of people now identify as Maori, 4.4 percent as Pacific people, and 3.6 percent as Asian. Also, 14.7 percent were born overseas.

Ms MacPherson said that as a nation we have a lower rate of home ownership than in 2006, yet the number of dwellings has increased.

“Hawke’s Bay reflects those trends. The Hawke’s Bay region’s rate of home ownership was 65.9 percent in 2013, down from 67.9 percent in the 2006 Census, which is a national trend.

“On the other hand, the number of dwellings has increased – also a national trend. The number of occupied dwellings in the Hawke’s Bay region has increased by 2,826 since the last census,” Liz MacPherson said.

Other key points about Hawke’s Bay from the 2013 Census results include:

The median income for people aged 15 years and over in the Hawke’s Bay region is $26,100 in 2013, compared with the New Zealand median income of $28,500. The median income for the Hawke’s Bay region has increased 15.5 percent since 2006, the third-lowest percentage increase for any region.
Of the people aged 15 years and over living in Hawke’s Bay, 13.7 percent said they have a university degree or equivalent, compared with 10.2 percent in the 2006 Census.
After English, the next most common languages spoken in the Hawke’s Bay region are te reo Māori (6.6 percent) and Samoan (1.4 percent) – which is similar to 2006. Hawke’s Bay has the fourth-highest percentage of te reo Māori speakers and the third-highest percentage of Samoan speakers after Auckland and Wellington.

Ms MacPherson said census is the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. “The information collected by the 5 March 2013 Census is keenly awaited by those planning for Hawke’s Bay’s future. It will be used by government, community groups, iwi, and businesses to decide what the region needs.”

For further information about the 2013 Census results please visit www.stats.govt.nz.


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