Tokelauan people in New Zealand

Tokelauan

  • In 2001, 44 percent of Tokelauan people (with a language) were able to hold an everyday conversation in Tokelauan – down from 53 percent in 1996. 
  • A higher proportion of the overseas-born Tokelauan population was able to speak Tokelauan (71 percent of those with a language) than the New Zealand-born Tokelauan population (29 percent of those with a language).
  • The proportion of the New Zealand-born Tokelauan population able to speak Tokelauan in 2001 was lower than in 1996 (37 percent of those with a language).

English

  • English is the most widely spoken language among the Tokelauan population. The proportion of Tokelauan people not able to speak English decreased from 9 percent (of those with a language) in 1996 to 4 percent in 2001.
  • In 2001, the majority (88 percent) of Tokelauan people unable to speak English were born overseas. Of those born overseas and unable to speak English, 60 percent had been in New Zealand for more than 10 years.
  • Eighty-four percent of non-English speaking Tokelauan people were over 20 years of age in 2001.