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Where in the World are We?

While there are about 1,600 Tokelauans in Tokelau, the majority live abroad.

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Interactive Population Map (2016)

Click on the photo to be taken to an interactive map of Tokelau which presents the 2016 Census data in an engaging way.

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Population Growth

The major period of Tokelauan migration to New Zealand happened in the 1960s. In subsequent decades population growth in the Tokelauan community was due to fertility rather than migration as show in this graphic by Te Ara.

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Percentage Increase

The percentage increase of the Tokelau population between 2013 and 2018 was significant as more Tokelauans were born in New Zealand.

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Tokelau Language (2012)

In 2012 Tagata Pasifika reported on the status of Tokelau language, speaking with members of the Tokelauan community in Wellington.

Language Priority

As the New Zealand-born Tokelauan population grew, so too did the importance of Tokelau language.  The statistics below were from New Zealand Census information and the graphics were reproduced from illustrations produced by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.

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NZ Census Gap (2018)

About 700,000 people were missed by the 2018 - some not completing the Census at all and some only partially completing it.  Statistics NZ had to get additional robust data.   BERL explains the  impact of the Census gap  and why good quality data is the foundation for good quality, data -ed research.

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