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Tongan people in New Zealand

Tongan People in New Zealand is one of a set of seven profiles on Pacific peoples based on results from the 2001 Census of Population and Dwellings. Comparisons are made between Tongan people born in New Zealand and those born overseas, as well as with the total Pacific and total New Zealand resident populations.

  • In 2001, Tongan people were the third largest Pacific ethnic group living in New Zealand, comprising 40,700 or 18 percent of New Zealand's Pacific population (231,800).
  • The Tongan population increased by 9,300 or 30 percent between 1996 and 2001.
  • In 2001, the median age, or midpoint of the Tongan age distribution, was 19.2 years. By comparison, the median ages for the total Pacific and total New Zealand populations were 21.0 years and 34.8 years respectively.
  • Tongan people born in New Zealand accounted for 53 percent of the total Tongan population in New Zealand in 2001 – up from 42 percent in 1991.
  • In 2001, 60 percent of Tongan people (with a language) were able to hold an everyday conversation in Tongan – down from 63 percent in 1996.
  • 'I he 2001 na'e fika tolu 'i he tokolahi taha 'a e kakai Tonga, 'i he tokolahi fakalukufua 'o e kakai Pasifiki nofo Nu'usila ni, 'aia ko e toko 40,700 pe ko e peseti 'e 18 'o e kakai Pasifiki kotoa 'o Nu'usila ni ('aia ko e toko 231,800).
  • Na'e tokolahi ange 'a e kakai Tonga 'aki 'a e toko 9,300 pe peseti 'e 30 'i he vaha'a 'o e 1996 mo e 2001.
  • Ko e vaeua'anga malie 'o e ta'umotu'a 'o e kakai Tonga 'i he ta'u 2001, ko e ta'u 19.2. 'I hono fakafehoanaki mo e vaeua'anga malie 'o e ta'umotu'a 'o e toenga 'o e kakai Pasifiki mo e fakakatoa 'o e kakai 'o Nu'usila, na'e peseti 'e 21.0 'a e kakai Pasifiki ia ka e 34.8 'a e kakai kotoa 'o Nu'usila ni.
  • 'I he ta'u 2001, ko e peseti 'e 53 'o e kakai Tonga kotoa 'i he fonua ni na'e fa'ele'i kinautolu 'i Nu'usila ni – ko'ene hiki hake ia mei he peseti 'e 42 'i he ta'u 1991.
  • ‘I he ta'u 2001 ko e peseti 'e 60 'a e kakai Tonga (lava 'o lea) na'e malava kenau talanoa faka'aho 'i he lea faka-Tonga – ko e holo hifo 'eni ia mei he peseti 'e 63 'i he ta'u 1996.

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