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Recently Statistic New Zealand released some of the language data set from the Census 2013. Here is the data analysed by region. We have split the regions to roughly match the Deaf Education Centre zones.

2006 2013 %age 
  All Ages All Ages  
Northland Region 984 774 -21%
Auckland Region 6,786 5,259 -23%
Waikato Region 2,277 1,746 -23%
Bay of Plenty Region 2,013 1,077 -46%
12,060 8,856 -27%
Gisborne Region 255 192 -25%
Hawke’s Bay Region 942 900 -4%
Taranaki Region 702 543 -23%
Manawatu-Wanganui Region 1,887 1,533 -19%
Wellington Region 2,565 3,504 37%
Tasman Region 240 219 -9%
Nelson Region 279 252 -10%
Marlborough Region 273 201 -26%
West Coast Region 228 117 -49%
Canterbury Region 3,156 2,766 -12%
Otago Region 1,065 819 -23%
Southland Region 435 324 -26%
12,027 11,370 -5%
Total 24,087 20,226 -16%

In the last seven years across New Zealand the number of NZSL users has dropped by 16%. Every region, with the exception of Wellington has experienced decline.The Wellington region result may be because of the concentration of NZSL users around the Deaf Studies Research Unit at Victoria University.

The Northern zone decline has been extraordinary. A 27% reduction represents a staggeringly large percentage drop.

This is important information for parents to consider when making language choices for their children. An NZSL only choice limits your child to being able to directly/easily communicate with a community of approximately the size of Masterton.

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