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Northland has second-highest percentage of te reo speakers

Census shows Northland has second-highest percentage of te reo Māori speakers – Media release

3 December 2013

The winterless North has the second-highest percentage of te reo Māori speakers among its population, according to the 2013 Census.

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

In releasing the results, Government Statistician Liz MacPherson said Northland has the second-highest rate of te reo Māori speakers in the country, with 9.1 percent of all people reporting they can hold a conversation in the language.

“After English and Māori, French continues as the third most popular language spoken in Northland,” she said.

“Northland also recorded the second-highest percentage of Māori among its population, after Gisborne. Nearly one-third, or 32.4 percent of Northlanders, identified themselves as Māori.

“Results from the 2013 Census show that New Zealanders have a lower rate of home ownership than in 2006, yet the number of dwellings has increased. That trend is reflected in Northland,” Ms MacPherson said.

“The Northland region’s rate of home ownership was 66.2 percent in 2013, a decrease from 68.6 percent in 2006. Yet the number of occupied dwellings in the Northland region has increased by 4,260 since the last census in 2006.”

Other key points about Northland from the 2013 Census results include:
• The median income for people aged 15 years and over in the Northland region is $23,400 in 2013 – the lowest among all regions. While the median income for Northland has increased 12.0 percent since 2006, it was the second-lowest increase by region. The New Zealand median income is $28,500.
• The proportion of people aged 15 years and over in the Northland region with a university degree or equivalent increased from 9.1 percent in 2006 to 12.4 percent in 2013.
• After Gisborne, Northland had the second-lowest level of Internet access at home (68.0 percent), up from 51.8 percent in 2006. The total New Zealand level of Internet access at home was 76.8 percent.

Ms MacPherson said the census is about identity and diversity. “The information released today includes specific information for Māori that will provide useful data for iwi and hapū throughout New Zealand. It is the kind of information keenly awaited by those planning for Northland’s future.”

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

ENDS

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