Story: South Pacific peoples

Page 3. Facts and figures

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Country of birth

The New Zealand census figures listed here show the number of residents born in South Pacific countries.

New Caledonia

  • 1921 census: 17
  • 1951 census: 40
  • 2001 census: 171
  • 2006 census: 216
  • 2013 census: 246

Tahiti

  • 1921 census: 59
  • 1951 census: 96

French Polynesia

  • 1976 census: 262
  • 2001 census: 465
  • 2006 census: 525
  • 2013 census: 465

Papua

  • 1951 census: 10

New Guinea

  • 1951 census: 34

Papua New Guinea

  • 1976 census: 544
  • 2001 census: 1,149
  • 2006 census: 1,251
  • 2013 census: 1,344

Solomon Islands

  • 1951 census: 20
  • 1976 census: 184
  • 2001 census: 507
  • 2006 census: 522
  • 2013 census: 618

New Hebrides

  • 1951 census: 42
  • 1976 census: 151

Vanuatu

  • 2001 census: 276
  • 2006 census: 315
  • 2013 census: 567

Gilbert Islands

  • 1976 census: 94

Kiribati

  • 2001 census: 504
  • 2006 census: 822
  • 2013 census: 1,476

Tuvalu

  • 1976 census: 61
  • 2001 census: 1,017
  • 2006 census: 1,227
  • 2013 census: 1,419

Nauru

  • 2001 census: 222
  • 2006 census: 240
  • 2013 census: 273

Ethnic identity

In the 2006 and 2013 censuses, people were asked to indicate the ethnic group or groups with which they identified. The numbers include those who indicated more than one group.

  • Tuvalu Islander/Ellice Islander: 2,628 (2006); 3,537 (2013)
  • Society Islander/Tahitian: 1,329 (2006); 1,410 (2013)
How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'South Pacific peoples - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/south-pacific-peoples/page-3 (accessed 23 October 2017)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015