New Zealand Culture

Population Statistics

New Zealand

Population

4,925,477

[July 2020 est.]

Language

English [de facto official] 95.4%
Maori [de jure official] 4.0%
Samoan 2.2%
Northern Chinese 2.0%
French 1.2%
Yue 1.1%
New Zealand Sign Language 0.5%
Other/Not stated 17.2%

[New Zealand Census, 2018]

Religion

No Religion 48.6%
Protestant Christianity 15.4%
Catholic Christianity 10.1%
Other Christianity 11.9%
Hindu 2.7%
Maori 1.3%
Islam 1.3%
Buddhist 1.1%
Other 1.6%
Not stated 6.7%

[New Zealand Census, 2018]

Ethnicity

European 64.1%
Maori 16.5%
Chinese 4.9%
Indian 4.7%
Samoan 3.9%
Tongan 1.8%
Cook Islands Maori 1.7%
English 1.5%
Filipino 1.5%
New Zealander 1.0%
Other 13.7%

[New Zealand Census, 2018]

Percentages add up to more than 100% because respondents were able to identify more than one group.

Cultural Dimensions

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Australians with New Zealand/Māori Ancestry

349,877 
[Census, 2016]

New Zealanders in Australia

Population

518,466

[Census, 2016]

This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in New Zealand.

Median Age

42
[Census, 2016]

Gender

Male 50.4%
Female 49.6%

[Census, 2016]

Religion

No Religion 43.8%
Catholic Christianity 13.3%
Anglican Christianity 11.9%
Presbyterian & Reformed Christianity 5.7%
Christianity [undefined] 4.6%
Other Religion 15.0%

[Census, 2016]

Ancestry

English 32.5%
Scottish 12.8%
Māori 11.8%
New Zealander 11.6%
Other Ancestry 31.2%

[Census, 2016]

Language Spoken at Home

English 89.7%
Samoan 2.8%
Te reo Māori 1.8%
Tongan 0.6%
Other Language 4.1%

Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 95.3% speak English fluently.

[Census, 2016]

Diaspora

Queensland 38.8%
New South Wales 22.6%
Victoria 18.0%
Western Australia 15.3%
Other 5.3%

[Census, 2016]

Arrival to Australia

Prior to 2007 64.3%
2007 - 2011 17.4%
2012 - 2016 14.4%

[Census, 2016]

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