Story: Tongans

Page 5. Facts and figures

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Country of birth

The New Zealand census figures listed here show the number of residents born in Tonga.

  • 1874 census: 7
  • 1921 census: 228
  • 1951 census: 608
  • 1976 census: 3,965
  • 2001 census: 18,054
  • 2006 census: 20,520
  • 2013 census: 22,413

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.

  • Tongan: 50,481 (2006); 60,336 (2013)
How to cite this page:

Melenaite Taumoefolau, 'Tongans - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/tongans/page-5 (accessed 18 November 2018)

Story by Melenaite Taumoefolau, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015